Navan Fri, 18th Dec, 2020
Stoughan Cross It's fantastic to get a win with him, especially as his owner Jim Nevin is a local man. Hopefully that will put a smile on his face,. He likes Navan and has run well around here a few times. He seems to get his turn once a season, every season. Hopefully that's not it for this season because it's only his first run back, he's never won first time out but the horses are just in great form at the moment.
Navan Sat, 5th Dec, 2020
Clondaw Secret He’s a nice big, raw horse. I was toying with running him in the bumper today but I said I’d split them up. Jumping is probably his game. It’s great for Noel and Valerie Moran. They are the big sponsors today and are local people. It’s their first winner at Navan racecourse. I thought Jack (Kennedy) was very good on him. He let them all race away and had a go going to the last. If he got involved two out he would probably have got tired. There is only one winning post. He’s still very green. He might not be a graded horse and is probably more of a chaser.
Fairyhouse Sun, 29th Nov, 2020
Court Maid I told Rory Larkin (owner) that her target was the Irish National and she won here today with the prizemoney bumped up so it is great. She has the class and while she ran disappointed at Punchestown, everything went wrong for her then and I put a line through it and I was expecting a nice run today. She has a class pedigree and I knew when she'd step up (in trip), she'd improve. Today was the target and she is now a top novice over a trip so we'll see.
Fairyhouse Sat, 10th Oct, 2020
Court Maid I told David that these might be a bit slicker than she is, more experienced that her, and to maybe wait a bit with her which he did,. The all got racing six furlongs out and David decided no and came late. That was the deciding thing. I was happy enough with her jumping even though she was maybe a bit sketchy at a few. I was expecting her to win and she did. She wants three miles but doesn't want winter heavy so we'll see where we go from here. There is supposed to be a good program for novice mares so we'll test that now. I'm thrilled with her, she's well bred and is a great mare really as she's won seven now. I was delighted with her jumping, she was a bit sketchy compared to Galway, but I was happy enough with her. We'll find a mares novice and I'll definitely try not to come back in trip.
Downpatrick Fri, 9th Oct, 2020
Laughing Trix He (Conor Maxwell) thought jumping the last that he was home as one thing she does do is keep galloping. She’s a grand mare and I always thought she would win a race somewhere along the line. She won her point-to-point first-time out and has just disappointed a bit. Everything came well today — the ground and the stiff track and she just kept plugging out. He (Maxwell) does ride the track well. She is in next week (at Kilbeggan) and we’ll see how she is but if the ground is the way it is we might go again.
Clonmel Thu, 1st Oct, 2020
Eimear she stays well, travelled well and jumped brilliantly. I was wary enough turning in - I wanted to let her stride on and didn't want it to turn into a sprint. I probably won too far but I was afraid that one might do her for toe. She is very consistent, wasn't right the last day and Matty has his horses back in good form and there's no better man that Matty to have them ready.
Sligo Mon, 14th Sep, 2020
Court Adjourned It was a a little bit unexpected. I don’t normally run horses back as quick. Ideally I’d have given her two weeks. I just freshened her up after she ran and we didn’t do an awful lot of work and it just seems to suit her that way. She just seems to be happy in herself. It was a surprise because I thought maybe she’d want this (run) again, but because there’s not that many races for her in this grade we came here. Normally she’d be on the boat and I’d be in Hexham or Perth or somewhere and I’d have found something for her there. I thought when Paddy hit the front he’d gone too early, but in fairness to her, in the bits of work she’s done for me, she stays galloping and she’d won a point-to-point so, at the end of the day, I had to leave it up to him and she kept going well.