Dundalk Fri, 25th Oct, 2019
Pretty Smart It was a long time coming. She ran two good races in Navan and we thought the extra furlong would suit her. She was missing the kick a bit early on and we worked hard on that this week. It paid off tonight, from a bad draw she was able to get into a good position. She was a little bit free early on but she has plenty of gears. Having been racing over five and coming up to six she was probably doing a little bit more than we wanted. Conor was looking forward to riding her from the time he was sixth on her at Navan. He's always done a good job for me and he's a real professional. I wouldn't mind going back to five but Conor said if we go back to five we mightn't be able to do six again because she might get too free. She's versatile enough and over five she might settle in a bit. She's a half-sister to Aspen Belle and she has some of her characteristics, she's a bit hot but she has ability.
Navan Wed, 23rd Oct, 2019
Teddy Boy He took his time winning a race and I thought he’d have won by now. He’s an awful brat and runs away going to the start. He’d go down quicker than he’d come back! . We sent him down early so he got a bit of a rest today! . I don’t think there is anything else for him. He’s not like a camel as he doesn’t like the sand so he won’t be going to Dundalk.
Curragh Sun, 13th Oct, 2019
Miacomet When she gets to the front she pricks her ears, and I was delighted to see Andy last at halfway as she needs cover and once she gets to the front she thinks its job done. I was delighted when the result was called and the longer it went on the more the doubts start creeping in. That’s her 18th run of the year and she’s had two wins and been second and third a total of seven times. I haven’t spared her but she’s thrived on it. She’s earned her keep and is progressive.
Laytown Wed, 11th Sep, 2019
Plough Boy he's knows the place well as he's down here quite often. We thought six furlongs might just stretch him but had the advantage of knowing the beach so well. We said we'd let him bowl along today, he knows the place well, he's a legend of a horse and that's 14 times he's won now. Everything is so easy for him, no matter what you do with him he takes it in his stride. It's great for the lads who are great owners. There is a race in Dundalk for him in two weeks time. We usually give him a break when he peters out a bit. Those races aren't hard on him, six furlongs sure I'd do that myself!
Tipperary Thu, 29th Aug, 2019
Be Like The Bird She’s a genuine little filly, and I’d imagine somebody will claim her. She’s very straight forward and sound, and should give someone a bit of fun. I didn’t think she should have been 25/1 as in her grade she had decent enough form. She had a nice draw and Ben Coen gave her a lovely ride. He saved a bit of ground, produced her at the right time and got it on the nod.
Killarney Wed, 21st Aug, 2019
Dare To Flare He lost his chance at the start at the Curragh the last day and nearly lost it again today but he does that. He is after throwing away so many races that way,. I'll step him up to 1m2f as well and I'd say he could go jumping eventually. Being by Dandy Man you wouldn't think it but he is tough and keeps going on soft ground. I don't see why not and we didn't jump him yet but he is a good athletic horse so I'd imagine he'd jump.
Leopardstown Thu, 15th Aug, 2019
Last Opportunity That's grand. He was green and today's race was about qualifying him, giving him experience and hopefully winning on route to the sales race on Champions Weekend. He has breezed but that's the first time I have galloped him on grass. He has a great temperament. The negative is that we've won with a few Dandy Mans first time and they haven't done much after that but the positive is that he's a nice horse and has a great temperament. He's been trained with the sales race in mind and that's the next target.
Fairyhouse Wed, 17th Jul, 2019
Dare To Flare He ran a lovely race in Limerick and we kind of fancied him coming here today,. He has a problem with the stalls, he missed the break again today but still won. He's probably a bit better than he's letting on. He'll go to Galway on the Monday night now for the three-year-old handicap. He should get in after winning that. That was always the plan. He'll come up the hill as he's tough. We just can't get him to break well enough. He probably should have won a maiden at Dundalk but he got left at the start several times during the winter and then we left him off. He had a lovely run in Limerick, when he needed the run, and we aimed for this race so it's worked out.
Limerick Sun, 7th Jul, 2019
Croughavouke She ran well in Navan the last day and we thought she'd improved a good bit and it worked out well and she stayed well,. She is a nice filly, we thought a bit of her coming here and we'll look for a bit of black-type with her now; she might go to England for black-type.
Naas Sat, 6th Jul, 2019
Cool Vixen She ran well in a barrier trial here and Niall said she knew what she was doing. The barrier trials are a great help, and the little bit of rain just took the sting out of the ground which probably helped the two of them. In the spring we thought we had a nice bunch, and then they took a bit of a dip when the weather was bad at the beginning of May. We had to sit and wait with them and now they have come back. The colts need to pull their socks up now! I’ve only had a few of them placed and they need to start to win.