Punchestown Sun, 8th Dec, 2019
Dunvegan I was going to bring him here to school after racing but it was nearly easier to organise running him instead. He seemed to be going well and this is a lucky track for me first time out in beginners’ chases.
Galway Mon, 29th Jul, 2019
Great White Shark Fantastic for Jody. I think it was her first ride in the race. Some guys wait all their lives and never ride the winner of it, but Jody looked like an old hand, coming from off the pace. I just said to her ‘see how you break. If you don’t break well, wait and wait and come wide, and keep out of trouble’. And that’s what she did. Once the mare started to pass one or two horses, she found that she was liking it, and the two of them just took off. Jody said she couldn’t believe how well she was travelling in the dip and once she passed one or two the mare just took off. I had this race in mind for her all along. She’d had a hurdle career and I thought this mare might improve on the flat. I said to Malcolm Denmark (owner) 'we’ll go to Galway, there’s a nice race there'. But as things turned out, I think she would have been the outsider of our ones, but with Jody’s 7lb claim and her first run back on the flat after her little break I thought anything could happen. That race is a bit like the Grand National. Look at our other horse, Mr Adjudicator, he got no breaks whatsoever. He had a slow break, got caught on the rails, never got out, and was a fast-finishing fourth. Royal Illusion probably ran a bit too free at the start and Legal Spin didn’t look like he came up the hill.