Tramore Fri, 1st Jan, 2021
Lessofdnegativity he had a little wind operation since his last run. We just rode him a bit different today and gave him more of a chance early. Darragh took his time and gave him a brilliant ride. He is worth his weight in gold. My father was going to send him over fences not long ago, he is a half-brother to Joe Farrell who won the Scottish National so has a good staying Irish pedigree and chasing will be his game - he'll go chasing at some stage during the year. It's a nice way to start the year and a nice winner for the father. It's a nice winner for the owners as well, they have a couple of horses in the yard and they are good supporters.
Down Royal Thu, 17th Dec, 2020
Dixie Flyer he was very unfortunate when he ran in a point-to-point - Derek (O'Connor) rode him that day and he just made a green mistake at the first. We had always picked out to come here - he's a good enough jumper but it suited us to come and run him in a bumper. He's been going well, the horses have been running well and we have a nice bunch of bumper horses. He did that well and Ben gave him a great ride. He got out in front and dictated it and had plenty of horse left at the end. He could go for a winners' bumper. He has a nice pedigree, he's not the biggest but he is tough and hardy and is a typical Westerner.
Gowran Park Fri, 20th Nov, 2020
Ferny Hollow It was a nice performance. Two good horses came up the straight there and hopefully we’ll hear more about both of them. He’ll improve from that run, and we’ll look forward to Christmas.
Down Royal Fri, 30th Oct, 2020
Skyace She has her black-type - It was a great piece of buying and placing by Shark. She had a hard race and got a fall the last day (in Tipperary). Shark had her back in tip-top shape today. Two miles is a bit on the sharp side for her but they have gone so fast it turned into a bit of a stamina test. She was going best at the line. There were a couple of good mares in the race, but I honestly thought she'd finish in the first three.
Clonmel Thu, 29th Oct, 2020
Western Victory She is a decent animal and it is unfortunate what happened at Listowel and it was one of those things. She is a six-time (including one point-to-point) and Listed winner now and is plenty valuable. We'll try and find as easy a contest as possible and try to get as many days out of her as possible. She is a fair one.
Killarney Mon, 5th Oct, 2020
Western Run He was unlucky not to win a bumper and did it well in a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick. We came here hoping he'd go and do it again and he is improving with every run. We'll see if the handicapper leaves him alone or gives him a few pounds and we'll make a plan then. He is definitely one to look forward to though. He should be all right on winter ground but we'll take our time and see. Feidhlim Cunningham, representing
Listowel Sun, 20th Sep, 2020
Snake Oil This is a very lucky place for me and I rode three or four winners and rode my last winner here. I love coming down here. We have 30 in training and have a lot of young horses; there are a few that will be moved on at the end of the summer season and more than half the yard hasn't run yet, and hopefully we have one or two more nice types like him. I was sweating a bit on the ground but I walked it and spoke to Val O'Connell (Clerk of the Course) and he said there was plenty juice underneath. He is a proper horse and is the first proper horse I've run. We've had a few summer horses but this lad has a big future. He had a lovely run at Galway and Finny said he was still green there, so there is plenty of improvement to come and he is a super jumper. We might think about a winners' bumper at Tipperary in three weeks next and we were delighted to get Finny today as he is top class. Mark Bolger is working for us full-time and we have Roger Loughran and Garrett Cotter as work-riders, so we have very good riders at home; Kevin Brouder was riding a few for me and is out of action and Mark will ride a good few of them.