Dundalk Mon, 16th Nov, 2020
Dame Rapide That was good. Things didn't go according to plan the last day, they went very slow over a mile-and-two and it turned into a sprint which didn't suit her. As you can see she stays very well,. She's just a filly that is going the right way and Siobhan gets on very well with her. It's brilliant for the owner/breeder, he had a nice horse there. I don't know where we'll go after that but we'll probably be going up in grade now. She's a lovely filly and very straightforward. The horses are going well and long may it last.
Dundalk Fri, 16th Oct, 2020
Acquiescent She ran very well here the last night and was very tough and honest there,. We'll look for something similar again. She's a nice filly and she's improving. That was a lovely pot for her and we're delighted with that. representing
Dundalk Fri, 9th Oct, 2020
Dame Rapide She got an absolute peach of a ride from Siobhan. She got a nice bit of cover, went the brave man's route and it paid off. Those fillies when the penny drops they can start improving. She has taken no training since she won the last time, just ticked over. That was only her second run at the trip, and she will probably stay a mile and a half. We’ll be back here in a couple of weeks. I’m just so happy for Siobhan. She works so hard at it and I hope other people take notice.
Dundalk Fri, 9th Oct, 2020
Helen De Pourtales We were a little bit worried that the trip might be a bit sharp from that draw but she was very good and Bill got her out. She learned a lot from the last day. She’s lightly-raced and was a bit green the last day but we knew she had improved. She was bouncing at home. She’s strengthened up a lot from earlier in the year and is starting to fill into her frame. We’ll keep coming here for the winter and she’s an exciting filly for us to have. She’s very tough and genuine, and getting her head in front the last day gave her confidence. She knows how to battle now as she had never been in a battle until the last day. Hopefully she’ll keep improving.
Curragh Sun, 27th Sep, 2020
A Step Too Far This was the long-term target up to six weeks ago. She’s answered every call and there’s nothing I can say about her now. She’s just incredibly tough. She was (rated) 48 when she started off and has just got better and better. We do nothing with her at home between races. You just couldn’t because if you put a saddle on her she just wants to go one hundred miles an hour. She keeps herself fit and we just try and keep a lid on her as much as possible and do her running on the track. We put the cheekpieces on today because she idled a small bit in Cork over the six and we said to Adam to just let her roll. She always seems to have another bit even at the line she’s not finished. We’re looking at the Mercury Stakes at Dundalk over five now as a possibility.
Listowel Sat, 26th Sep, 2020
Annie Pender She had a winter's racing behind her last year but was a bit difficult and was free and keen. She is starting to relax now and she jumped super. She has that done and I think there's a winners' hurdle at Wexford in a month's time and while I could also look at a flat handicap, I want to keep her mind on the jumping game because she was so keen coming off the flat and it might undo it all again.
Dundalk Fri, 18th Sep, 2020
Dame Rapide I’ve been getting the trip wrong with her. She’s out of a Galileo mare and the Galileo is coming out. She wants a trip even though she is a little filly,. She got a very good ride from Siobhan. I don’t think it was her fault that she spooked in front. It was probably the first time that she hit the front.
Dundalk Fri, 18th Sep, 2020
Helen De Pourtales She had a real good run in a handicap (in March) and then didn’t run again between the Covid and she grew again. She’s a filly only coming into herself,. Bill was delighted with her and she handled the surface. She’s going to be a fun mare and she’ll stay a bit further as well. Her work was always good and we thought she was good enough to win a maiden last year but through immaturity and a few things it didn’t happen. She also got loose here one night and it knocked her confidence a bit. I think she’ll be a nice filly on grass as well. We might try her on good ground and then come here for the winter.
Naas Thu, 17th Sep, 2020
Sziget She did it well and we're very happy,. I'm not sure whether we'll go for a nursery or maybe a little bit of black-type. I'd say she'll stay a trip next year, she might get the mile. We'll wait and see.
Naas Thu, 17th Sep, 2020
Deputy Sandy He was good. He definitely benefitted from going to the barrier trial in Dundalk,. I actually ran him there over six furlongs because he's a big baby. Whether he'll run again this year, I don't know. He likes that quick ground and he got the seven well. We'll see where we go with him. Mr Zhang has got him and he's got Ace Aussie and Lucky Vega. They are nice colts and it's nice to have them.
Cork Wed, 16th Sep, 2020
A Step Too Far Five-in-a-row, not even the great Kerry team did that!. She has been unbelievable and we thought we were near the bottom of the well today but she ground it out and I still can't believe it. I thought Adam gave her an unbelievable ride, she relaxed under him and when they headed her, he didn't go for her until he really had to. It was a super ride and she is a super horse. I was in Dundalk when she first ran at Dundalk and finished fourth and the horses around her were all rated in the 80s. Things didn't work out for her after that and maybe a change of yard has helped her come back to herself. Usually we get a horse and try to get them to adapt to our way of training but we had to adapt to her and have found the key to her now. I don't know how far she can go but long-term we're looking at next year with her. We'll give her an entry in the Joe McGrath Handicap in ten days time and will see.
Navan Sat, 5th Sep, 2020
A Step Too Far The dream continues! We actually believed she could win today. She has so much raw speed that horses have to work hard to get to her,. She had eight stone on her back and on the climb in the last two furlongs it just told today. We were standing beside the handicapper there and he just started laughing! So I don't know what he's going to do to us now. Four in a row in this country is a big achievement. Since we started leading her down to the start she hasn't been boiling over. We train her a bit different now because she's just wired at home. We have a handle on her. Four weeks ago we had an eye on the Joe McGrath towards the end of the month so she'd be entitled to go and have a crack there. We've had great fun with her. That was a fair step up today but she just has so much raw pace that she's able to tank along. She has a high cruising speed and other horses have to struggle to get to her, especially in a sprint. It seems to have fallen that way that we've got sprinters. We haven't had any mile or mile-and-a-half horses. They just haven't been sent to us, it'll happen some day.
Bellewstown Wed, 26th Aug, 2020
A Step Too Far We were in two minds whether to turn out tomorrow but we surely will now. She put up a good performance there. I was just a bit afraid of the ground but I walked it earlier and didn't think it was too bad. If it was good ground they wouldn't see which way she went here as she has a load of boot.
Naas Wed, 22nd Jul, 2020
A Step Too Far We're delighted to get a winning bracket with her. Sinead and Dermot Dunne that own her are very enthusiastic owners and have the mare so they wanted to get a winning bracket into her. They'll be delighted with that, she won well and hopefully we can pick up another one with her. She's very hard on herself, and always has been. She's a little bit difficult to train but we've got the handle on her now. We let her out and let her run. She'll run in all those fast fives now. She's improving all the time. Her dam was placed in a Listed race at four, she didn't get going until then, so maybe she'll keep improving.