Tramore Fri, 16th Aug, 2019
Sweet Sting we were close to giving up with her after her last run. It was only a last-thought to run her in this today as she was also entered in the bumper. it was a surprise and a bigger one than yesterday (with stablemate Jaime Sommers also winning at 25/1). We always liked her but she was fierce disappointing in all three of her bumpers but Brian (Hayes) said a combination of fitness, the hurdles and the extra half-mile made the difference as she wasn't a bumper mare. She is very well bred out of Sweet Kiln and Brian won on Sweet Kiln and this filly's sister Aunt Alice. Sweet Kiln's first three runners have all won and while she is retired, she has a Leading Light three year old and a Getaway yearling on the ground. Sweet Kiln herself won here in an amateur race under Brian and Sweet Sting is only four but should improve with age.
Downpatrick Sun, 11th Aug, 2019
Summer Hill He didn't handle the track at all last night in Kilbeggan - he would have won if he handled it. It was freakish in Kilbeggan, he just didn't handle it. I pulled him out this morning and gave him a canter and a pop over a hurdle and he looked good. Liam Quinlan is a wonderful young man and it is unfortunate he is missing today and tomorrow. He has done a lot of schooling work on him. He's a proper horse - he's from the Shuil (Sharp) family and they have to be six (years old). He's a big, long Scorpion and needs time. He'll go to Listowel.
Clonmel Fri, 7th Jun, 2019
Celebrity Status I'm not shocked by any means as we've always thought a lot of him but he's just never put it together on the track. He's run a few good races but never finished his race out well. We've never see the horse on track that we have seen at home. In fairness to Michael and John O’Flynn they have been very patient and given me every chance with him. Today was nearly last chance saloon. He did burst in Thurles and that set him back head wise. We said we'd pop him off in front today as he jumps well and had so much experience. It was a lovely opportunity for him, and he could go back over fences.
Tramore Sat, 1st Jun, 2019
In A Pinch That was grand, she is an easy mare to train. Paul gave her a grand ride and everything worked out. I thought it might be a bit sharp for her around here but she handled it well. She is only a small mare and she'll probably go for a similar type of race now, we'll see what the handicapper does.