Dundalk Fri, 4th Dec, 2020
Dare To Flare He's probably got himself handicapped by missing the break,. I have to thank (the starter) Joe Banahan who suggested trying him with a hood. He jumped well the last time and jumped well tonight. He's a decent horse, he has thrown away some decent races by missing the break and has even won races after missing it. It made a big difference today as he jumped well and travelled. You get nights like this (a double) and nights that go the other way, you get more that go the other way.
Dundalk Fri, 4th Dec, 2020
Dandy Spirit He backed up his run from last week. That was his first run over five and the experience alone probably stood to him,. He had to grind it out there after an 11lb rise. He ran a good time last week and we were fairly confident he'd win again today. We'll see where we go from here, he's progressing nicely. There might be another day in him if he's not hit too hard. We'll see what the handicapper does, if we got a third win we'd be very happy.
Dundalk Fri, 27th Nov, 2020
Dandy Spirit he’d been showing us a lot of speed and he worked well during the week so we fancied him in this grade. That’s his first run for us and just his fifth run in total. He looked a bit green in front but it was probably his first time to be in front. Hopefully he’ll improve a bit and pick up another one or two. We have plenty of speedy horses at home and he was travelling with them all, so we weren’t afraid to run him here over five. He could come back up here next Friday for an 80 handicap also over five. We’ve had a great year and that was a landmark as it was win number 18 and we have 18 stables.
Dundalk Fri, 20th Nov, 2020
Keepthebestsideout That is the best thrill. I can't describe the feeling, it's just brilliant,. I love a winner. I just have four horses and I do it for sport. That's brilliant because it's so hard to win. She was knocking on the door and she was due that. She'll come back here in ten days time for a similar race.
Dundalk Mon, 9th Nov, 2020
Aikido He’s a lovely horse but they went no gallop. He went up from six to seven and you could drop him back again as he has plenty of speed. We’ll let him mature now over the winter and he’s a genuine horse that will be nice for next year.
Navan Thu, 22nd Oct, 2020
Teddy Boy We had to wait 12 months for him to win again,. He was due his turn and I was just starting to wonder had he missed it. I finally put something on his head with the cheekpieces. I actually think he's a genuine type of horse but I put the cheekpieces on eventually, after getting fined €65 for forgetting to put them on. That was first time cheekpieces and they worked. Not a bad day. On bad ground like this five is a shade short for him and five-and-a-half is probably ideal. There is one race left for him in the Curragh and we'll go for that, he doesn't like Dundalk.
Limerick Sat, 10th Oct, 2020
Max's Dandy she is a tricky filly, can be keen but we have worked her out and she trots down to the start early now. She ran a very respectable race here the last day on her first handicap run and while I'm a bit shocked, I thought she'd run a big race. She is tough, genuine and is still green so there might be another day in her. She likes slow ground, will go a mile and I don't think she'll go to Dundalk.
Navan Wed, 7th Oct, 2020
Pretty Smart He's a talented rider (Sam Ewing). I thought they went very hard and he was clever enough not to panic. We said wherever she was able to travel herself is the right place to be. He did his homework and knew what to expect with her. In fairness to Dylan (Browne McMonagle) he told him a bit about her. She came out the right side of it and it's nice to come home in front as we've had so many seconds and thirds. She's not as mad as her half-sister (six-time winner) Aspen Belle. She has a lot of her traits and she's starting to catch up with her results wise. She's been very consistent. She was a little bit outpaced on the fast ground in Cork the last day. This is her ideal scenario, a testing five. She'll probably get six now as she's not as hard on herself as she used to be.
Dundalk Fri, 25th Sep, 2020
Arnhem He won well. We thought last week that the penny had finally dropped with him,. He's shown his best form over seven furlongs, we always thought he was more of a sprinter but he just took his time to get there and was just a bit immature. He won easy and we're delighted. He's genuine and always tries very hard. We'll see how he comes out of this but we'll probably run him again and then I think he'll go for a break. I'd say he'll be a solid sprinter next year.
Fairyhouse Mon, 21st Sep, 2020
That's Not Me She's been knocking on the door. She came down in the handicap last year, we couldn't find anything wrong with her and we weren't sure if she had trained on,. When she came back in this year she was much stronger and wanted to get on with her work more. The first day she ran it probably just stretched her a little bit (over seven) and then we probably ran her in handicaps she wasn't supposed to be in, but she ran credibly. This looked the weaker of the two divides today. We'll see how she comes out of it, she's entered for Dundalk on Friday night and we might strike while the iron is hot.
Gowran Park Sat, 19th Sep, 2020
Adapt To Dan we were beginning to think it might not happen but he’s done it well on the day. That’s our first winner for the owners (Susan Barton) and hopefully it will give him a bit of confidence. The better ground was a help to him today. The race worked out for him as they went a good gallop and he had something to aim at.
Down Royal Fri, 4th Sep, 2020
Mooneista She had shown me a lot of potential from the start, since I first began to train her, and with that in mind I really asked her a couple of questions with the company I ran her in early on in the season. She delivered and she got her black-type, and she ran third in the Ballyhane. I was anxious to break the maiden there, so it is nice to get that today. I'd say she is probably half a stone better when there is ease in the ground - she just seems to really sink into it and accelerate. The conditions were right today, but then again we had to go and do it.