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.
Tramore Fri, 14th Aug, 2020
Elegant Lass It's just great to see her doing that, particularly for her owner Leonard (Kinsella). He is a fantastic man and has great patience. A lot of owners wouldn't have stuck with her for that long. She was very hard work and was very excitable. She would lose the head but the jumping has worked wonders in just settling her. That's all she needed to do, settle down and relax into life and she has. She'll go for more of the same now and hopefully the handicapper won't kill her for that as she didn't win very far, it was hard work.
Navan Thu, 9th Jul, 2020
Pretty Smart She's not normally one I'd like to take out quick, and Sligo was only a week ago, but we haven't ridden her out and she's just swam. She's been eating good and we felt she was well. Conor liked the look of this race from the entry stage. The ease in the ground helps her and I think we'll probably stick to sprinting with her. We've been trying to get her to relax and go six but she over-raced at Sligo and it was the wrong track with hindsight. That was kind of what we hoped she could do. She battled very well as I thought the runner-up was going better than us at the furlong marker but she kept at it well. She's always showed us a bit. She's a half-sister to Aspen Belle (six-time winner) and if she can do as well as her we'd be delighted but she has a long way to go to catch up with her.
Bellewstown Wed, 8th Jul, 2020
Elegant Lass we stuck with her for a long time as she showed us loads at home. It was all in the head for her as she had to settle. She was never going hurdling but we went hurdling last year to try and settle her down and it's done a great job with her. She jumps well but I thought she'd struggle to get two miles to be honest.
Tipperary Fri, 19th Jun, 2020
Mi Esperanza In fairness she needs soft ground, . I came here very hopeful with the rain we got but when I came here I was surprised. Once I got down the road I thought she'd be in the first four but didn't think she'd win it. In fairness to Darren Bunyan (trainer of non-runner in the race Snow Patch) he rang me first thing this morning so I was able to go early and we needed that as well. I have only two horses in training at the moment; there's nothing I love more than training horses but it is hard when you are a small yard. You have to do the best you can with what you have because you don't always have good horses. I'm happy this lady has done that so hopefully we can get a bit of notice again and people might consider me.
Fairyhouse Thu, 18th Jun, 2020
Plough Boy I fancied him tonight because the ground was to his liking, as along as the rain didn't get into it too much,. He's a horse of a lifetime really, he's won a lot of races. That's his 15th win now. He's in again at Navan next Tuesday so he can run in that now. He takes nothing to get fit and he's the soundest horse I've ever had, touch wood. He's a dream. His owner is our next door neighbour and he's a great owner. He's not even in that long. We gave him a bit of a break after the all-weather, he was a bit sick of it. The grass lit him up a bit and got him going again. He's in great nick.
Navan Wed, 10th Jun, 2020
Boughtinthedark last year she was always on the weak side and she had been running okay without getting in the money. She did super over the winter and she was ready to run two months ago. It's great as they are lovely owners and really good supporters of mine. They love the filly, it's a pity they can't be here but it's the same for everyone and they'll be delighted sitting at home. It's their only horse and they absolutely adore her. I'll look for something similar now. I tried to put her in at the Curragh at the weekend but it was a 50-70 and she's only 44. Sometimes you want them low but it doesn't always pay to be that low. I think there is a race at Tipperary over five in two weeks.