Cork Sat, 2nd Jan, 2021
Velvet Elvis Tt was great. He was an expensive purchase (£95,000) - he wasn't my purchase, he was bought by John (McConnell, for owner Derek Kierans) and there is a certain level of expectation when you shell out the dough and it is nice to get the win. It is tough going out there but he stays well and likes that ground. I ran him on good ground in Punchestown and he ran well although soft ground is more to his taste.
Tramore Thu, 10th Dec, 2020
Brosna Rocco Peterjon gave her a great ride. He’s top class and we are very lucky to have him. He comes in and schools for us and we are friends for a long time. It’s great for him to get a winner as he’s back after an injury. Hopefully that gets him going as he’s very light and a great rider. This mare is a bit hot and has taken a lot of minding at home but she jumps well and that ground suited her. She just gallops away and she might improve with a bit more experience. She’s owned by Tony Kilduff, who is an uncle of my wife Mary. Her father Noel Kilduff breeds them all and minds them when they are babies. He does a great job. We rent some of Arthur Moore’s yard and breaking and pre-training is our main job. We have great clients and it’s going well.
Cork Sun, 1st Nov, 2020
Majestic Maid she has very good form and we always thought a lot of her so would have been disappointed if she didn't do that today. That (2m4f) is as far as she wants on that type of ground but she'll be fine over it on better ground. We'll keep her going during the winter and she'll go for a Rated Hurdle next. I have 25 horses in training at the moment.
Thurles Thu, 22nd Oct, 2020
Ava Rose that was heart-stopping stuff and is a big relief. She is a homebred; her owner Tom O'Brien is a vet in Midleton and himself and his wife breed off a couple of mares. Ava Rose is named after her owners' grand-daughter Ava who is in Australia. She has a lovely pedigree and is related to Watson Lake and the biggest problem with her is trying to get her to settle; she is very buzzy. We rode her completely different the last day because it wasn't working on any of her previous runs and we said we'd take a punt and drop her out last. They got away on her from the front end and today we took a punt again to ride her the same way but to ride to see what the pace of the race was. Philip gave her an absolute peach of a ride and that's why we have the likes of him riding for us with his experience as a senior rider.
Fairyhouse Sat, 10th Oct, 2020
Queens Brook She was the one horse that came back in looking like a broodmare,. I wanted to run her to try and have her back for Down Royal. We knew she was only 75 or 80 per cent fit. Davy said she blew up twice. He said if she was fit and right he should have been letting her stride on four or five out but he was sitting against her. He said she had two blows but jumped great, did everything right and only got tired. We didn't want to make it but there was no pace. We knew coming here today she was only three-quarters fit and thankfully it's job done. She's a nice mare and she's one to look forward to. I'd say when she gets two-and-a-half miles she's going to be class, in a true run race. She just did what she had to do. Davy said she had to do everything he didn't want to do. He said he was never going to get beat but that she did get tired.
Tipperary Sun, 4th Oct, 2020
Shewearsitwell It was a good performance and she's improving all the time. She's a sharp little jumper and that was a huge benefit to her in this contest, stepping up in grade. At least I know now that she's competitive over the minimum trip, so I wouldn't be afraid to keep her at that trip. I'll have a word with Paul though because he said she was probably going as fast as she was able to, so when the better hurdlers come out it might be difficult. So far, so good. We're very happy for Closutton Racing Club as it's their first graded winner. It's good to have a nice mare for them. We'll try and keep her to mares’ company and she'll have to go up in grade now. The dream would be to be good enough to run in the Royal Bond. She's good enough to run in it now anyway and that will be in the back of our minds. We might try and find something between now and then for her. Timewise Down Royal could be a possibility for her.
Tramore Thu, 17th Sep, 2020
Red Iron We were looking at an unplaced maiden hurdle if she hadn't won today. She had some nice form to her name and suffered a bit with sore shins and little things like that. Things came together for her today. I'd say the quick ground was a big help and she stayed wide on the faster part of it. I'd say she'll come back here for a maiden hurdle next month. We haven't enough in at the moment and it's a big struggle but we'll make the best of it.