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.
Downpatrick Mon, 31st Aug, 2020
Western Run It was a pity not to win a bumper with him. Joey Dunne was riding him in bumpers and he didn’t do anything wrong, he was just unfortunate and kept running into one. The day he got beat in Kilbeggan the winner went on to win in Galway. It was just one of those things. Delighted he got his head in front, he deserved that. Yes, absolutely (he is made for hurdles) - he was a little bit keen in a couple of his bumpers.
Tramore Sun, 16th Aug, 2020
Alice Johnston She is a home-bred filly so it's great to get a win out of her. She was a bit disappointing a couple of times, I thought she would have won before now. That family seem to get better with age. She is a fine mare and is probably only filling in to herself,. Her owners will get a great kick of that. They used to own Neddyvaughan but they took over this one when he had to retire. I'm delighted for Aidan too. He is with me full time and he works really hard. He is a good rider too and it's great to give him the opportunity. It was the plan to make all, she gets the two miles well. She is in at Killarney on Thursday and she'll probably go there now. Hopefully she can build on that. She wants good ground and I'd say that's what happened her at Wexford, the ground had gone against her. There was only five runners there so we had to take our chance. The ground is key to her though.
Roscommon Mon, 13th Jul, 2020
Bread And Butter It was a lovely ride by Conor, he got a lovely tow into it. I thought the handicapper was harsh enough on him the last day. I'm delighted with that. We might look at the 0-123 over two-miles-five in Galway with him. He's only a small little horse but he jumps well.
Tipperary Wed, 1st Jul, 2020
Bread And Butter He had a little break in between runs and did well during it. He was flat to the boards at Downpatrick the last day and couldn't lie up but loved the bit of juice in the ground today. He's only a small little summer horse and hopefully the handicapper isn't too hard on him.
Tipperary Fri, 26th Jun, 2020
Skyace I bought that mare out of Willie's (Mullins) for 600 quid; she was behind my horse Dime A Dozen twice, and I went over to the Sales to buy her. I couldn't believe I bought her for that sort of money. I don't know why she was so cheap, she had no injury and was 100 percent. The crowd who own her (Birdinthehand Syndicate) are from America. She jumped like a buck today but it was probably the worst three-mile maiden hurdle I've seen for a long long time, once you took the favourite Thunder Down Under (pulled up) out of it. We'll go for a handicap mark or look for a conditions' race next. Camlann was the last horse I had which cost 600 quid; unfortunately he broke down yesterday and more than likely will now be retired.