Dundalk Wed, 20th Jan, 2021
Storm Elza The last few runs she had wide draws and she was drawn a bit better today. She had to get a good break to get into the bend early and Luke gave her a lovely ride,. She’s declared again on Friday and is the third reserve. If she gets in she’ll run. She had some good early three-year-old form on grass and then lost her way a bit. Beauchamp Bagenal (won three times last year including a good handicap at Leopardstown) was sold to Bahrain and has won out there. We have 13 in at the moment between Flat and National Hunt.
Dundalk Wed, 20th Jan, 2021
Never Mistabeat I’m delighted with that. Park Hill Racing is run by Ronan Whelan’s first cousin Jamie Whelan and they have been very patient with the horses,. He’s been very slow to progress mentally and the blinkers today worked a treat on him. He’s probably done it too well but we don’t mind and we’ve been chasing a winner for a long time. The lads will be thrilled. It’s a pity they can’t be here but it’s great to get a first win for the syndicate. We had cheek pieces on him the last day and Adam Farragher rode him and said I’d go blinkers the next day as he was still a bit lairy. We told Wayne to give him a good, strong, forceful ride and it worked well. He’s been doing things better on the gallops at home than on the racecourse. He sort of falls asleep when he comes racing. It all came right tonight and hopefully there is another day in him.
Dundalk Fri, 18th Dec, 2020
Wonder Elzaam It's nice to get his head in front and I think Niall found the key to him today. He has a lot of ability but he's probably cleverer than his trainer! He's my favourite horse and I've been waiting on him to win for a while. The jockey did the business. I'll give him a break now and it will be back to the grass next summer.
Dundalk Mon, 9th Nov, 2020
Adams Barbour He’s a half-brother to a filly (Ty Rock Brandy) that won three times for us over five furlongs. It’s taken him a bit of time to come to himself and the last few runs were on soft ground. That’s his first time on the all-weather and he’s kicked on well. He’s very tough and was headed on the run-in but got the job done. He’s not quite as sharp as his sister but is equally tough. The horses have been in bad form and it’s just great to get a winner. It’s a welcome surprise. The owner Dr David Adam is a massive supporter of the yard and I’m delighted for him. We got this horse for him as a yearling and he’s waited for him.
Naas Sun, 18th Oct, 2020
Ecliptical He was a horse that Vincent Gaul bought earlier this year from Sean Jones and David Spratt to replace Indicative Vote who was second in a Group 3 at Dundalk. Shane Lyons, representing
Navan Wed, 7th Oct, 2020
Na Caith Tobac It was a great ride. I didn't give him (Luke McAteer) any instructions as he knows him, he's great value for the 7lb. It's the last day he has that claim. The 7lb helped with the 10lb raise and the soft ground helped. I was actually going to pull him out at Tipperary last time because it was good ground. I was delighted with the soft ground. If he improves a bit he'll be fine but I think his future may lie over jumps in time, he jumps brilliant. I don't know what he'll get for this but we'll probably try one more on the Flat. I don't think we'll go hurdling this year as I think he's just a little bit weak. He's improved all year and was quite a weak horse at the start.
Tipperary Tue, 15th Sep, 2020
Na Caith Tobac I was nearly going to pull him out due to the quick ground, but all the lads said it was safe so we took a punt. It was too short for him over six at Fairyhouse and Rory Cleary (jockey then) said 'what are you doing?' and to step him up in trip on softer ground. We got away with the ground today, but he could improve again on softer ground. The owner (Philip Carney) was going to punt him and I told him that today was the day if he was going to back him: it wasn't that we thought he was a world-beater, but it was the right race. Hopefully he will win a few more and he jumps hurdles great.
Leopardstown Sat, 12th Sep, 2020
Champers Elysees It feels great. I'm sick of everyone saying 'you had such a great career as a jockey', that's in the past and it's the now I'm worried about. It's been a brilliant year but to win a Group One on Champions Weekend means everything. That's why we get up in the morning for. We believe we have the team to compete in Group Ones and we want to be on this stage. I have to say thanks to my wife, my family, as they have been very supportive and to all the staff back at the stables and everybody who supports us, including the owners, through a tricky year. She was always a good filly and I did think she'd make up into a stakes filly. The amount she has improved is unbelievable. She has improved a lot physically and she's now started to know she's good. Handicap, listed, Group 3 and now she's a Group One winner. When those fillies start improving there is no end to them. I was watching both of them and thought Know It All ran a cracker as well (in fourth), she was there all the way and might have just got out-stayed. I could see her (Champers Elysees) coming with Fancy Blue and I thought it was going to be a battle but the way she quickened up in the last 100 yards, Colin said, was very impressive. She's a very good filly. I don't know where next as this was the main plan. I suppose the Sun Chariot in Newmarket is there, it's fillies only again and I wouldn't mind staying in with the fillies. There is also a chance to go over to the Breeders' Cup Mile. We'll sit down, enjoy tonight, and