Gowran Park Thu, 28th Jan, 2021
Street Value He is tough, is a relentless galloper and I thought Barry John gave him a lovely ride and let the race unfold in front of him,. Even though his last run was only a week ago I knew he'd improve for the experience of being in a first handicap. He just loves this ground and that’s the main reason I left him in it for such a good pot and from such good sponsors. That's my third runner as a trainer - I had one earlier, but shouldn't have bothered bringing him at all!
Clonmel Tue, 19th Jan, 2021
Street Value I did the training course on zoom last year and wasn’t really planning on getting the licence until about March but I worked this lad and a couple of others last week and they worked okay so I said I may get it out in case any of them win it would be a good way to start. I thought with a circuit to go he was struggling but thankfully Hugh kept a good hold of his head and kept him going. Hugh said he was flat to the boards the whole way. He’s a chaser in the making. I train only a mile from Tramore racecourse. I rode 20 winners as a conditional in England but I fractured by scull and my weight went against me. Training was always in the back of my head. I started with Michael Hourigan when he had Beef Or Salmon, and then I went to Richard Guset and on to Evan Williams. They are all very good trainers who train differently. I have about 15 in at the moment divided between the track and point-to-points. I hoped to build a new barn last summer but when the lockdown came I was a bit worried. Hopefully we’ll get that done this year and get a few more in.
Down Royal Thu, 17th Dec, 2020
Billaway he seemed to hit a flat spot again today and then came back on it although his jumping is getting much quicker. In Cheltenham last year we weren't losing ground, but we weren't making any ground at every fence whereas the winner (It Came To Pass) was. I think the extra experience he has this year will shorten the gap, hopefully. I think he is still improving and I think he is a better horse this year than last year. I think his jumping is getting slicker. That's what he needed to do, so he is doing it. There's no Leopardstown, so he'll go to Thurles at the end of January.
Clonmel Thu, 3rd Dec, 2020
Mary Frances The brother Michael, who was 63 yesterday, rides her out every morning - he'll often say to let the young lads ride her and I'd say 'no, you know her' and she gives 110 percent every morning and at the races,. We are mad to get black-type into her but all those mares races are over 2m4f and there is no three-mile black-type race for her unless she takes on the geldings - unless she goes over fences. If myself and Sean Flanagan had our way she'd jump fences but I don't think John (O'Mahony, owner) wants to. I'm delighted for John because they had some misfortune lately and Mary Frances is named after his mother. I'm delighted for the O'Mahony family as it is a big boost for them and I hope they're smiling. God only knows what she'll get after today and if it was really soft I wouldn't mind going back to the Galmoy Hurdle again next year - she wants bog. we must be the only yard who ride out with lights - we start every morning at 5.30am and have them finished at 7am and then I go to work in Coolmore. We installed seven or eight floodlights and we have 12 riding out.
Down Royal Fri, 30th Oct, 2020
Chemical Energy Jamie (Codd) is mad about him and he has a great attitude,. He’s only four and a baby. We might just leave him for the spring and some of those better bumpers. I liked the way he stayed there, he is a real stayer. I think faster ground will suit him. He might not be a horse for heavy, heavy ground but all those festivals you don’t want heavy ground.
Punchestown Tue, 13th Oct, 2020
Sixshooter He’s been very slow maturing and hopefully will keep improving. He actually grew since last spring and is still quite young so I presume he will stay over hurdles. His jumping was poor last year and he had a problem with ulcers.