Curragh Fri, 6th Nov, 2020
Claonadh the name was the hint (Claonadh is the Irish for the trainer and ex-footballer's home town of Clane)!. she’s a different filly on that ground. She missed the kick and was a bit back but Billy said she did it all very easy and went to pull herself up when she hit the front. What more could you ask for first time out and she quickened up nicely. She was very weak at the start of the year and is after growing into herself. She’s a hardy little devil and we will see what is there for her in the spring time.
Dundalk Fri, 30th Oct, 2020
Maggie Thunder She's a good tough filly. That's the first time over five and Declan told us to try her over it after riding her the last two times. She was a bit dead when we came back from Naas in August so we gave her a break and brought her back. We thought she'd handle the surface, she had run once here last year for another trainer, as she has a small quick action. Obviously she had a very bad draw and I didn't know if she would be able to lie up over the five but Declan said she did no problem and stayed on well at the end. He said you could step her back up to six or keep her at five so hopefully there is another day or two in her. She actually grew when we gave her the break, she went up a bit behind, so I thought there was a bit of improvement in her. She's a good genuine, honest filly and we're lucky to have her. We've had three runners this year and three winners so we can't ask for any more than that. Garrett Hassett, representing
Gowran Park Wed, 21st Oct, 2020
Comfort Line He’s a nice horse and I think he’ll make into a far better four-year-old than he is at three. He’s big, nearly 16.3, and is only filling into his frame. The breed get better as they get older.
Curragh Thu, 15th Oct, 2020
Lustown Baba That ground was holding today but Leigh (Roche) said she loved it. I thought she was a bit too far back but Declan (McDonogh, rode stablemate Downforce) said they went very hard early on so it probably suited her. I thought she did it well there, she loved that ground and is an improving filly. She's an exciting filly for next year. It was tacky today, Leigh was out the back but there is no muck on him. The syndicate were patient with us last year and have been patient this year as they were looking for races during the summer but I said 'lads we can't run this one on quick ground yet as she's a big filly and needs more time'. Their patience has paid off. I'm delighted for Finn Sheedy, who bred her, as I think that's the first black-type in the family. That's it for the year, she's after having two quick runs. I thought she was far relaxed today and what more could we ask of her. We'll have plenty of time next year for her. She's a fine big filly.
Curragh Sun, 11th Oct, 2020
Lustown Baba She had been working well and is a different filly on that ground. The syndicate of lads that own her had great fun last year and won the Foran race. She’s been second to two good horses this year, and the stiff six suits her. She was able to get a lead today and they went a good strong gallop which really suited her. She’s in here on Thursday in the Testimonial Stakes so she will run in that. There is rain forecast tonight and the more the better. She’ll stay in training next year as she hasn’t done much this year with the way the ground was. She’s a big strong filly.
Gowran Park Sat, 3rd Oct, 2020
Duffle Coat Jack Kennedy said they didn't go very quick and it didn't suit him,. He said a faster gallop would have suited him but I told him just to follow the other horse and not take it up. I think a better race will suit him. He just does what he has to at home but is after winning by a few lengths at the line there. It turned into a sprint but from the last to the line he was good. He's winning and that's all that matters. There is a winners of two at Punchestown and at Down Royal. We might even think of Wetherby as there is a Listed race there.
Punchestown Tue, 8th Sep, 2020
Duffle Coat He's a brother to a good horse (Starchitect) but he's never even been on grass and that's the first time he's ever worked properly,. We got a few of them in a bit of a package deal. He was just hacking away, he wasn't showing us much so we said we'd run him just to see where we were and to start him off. He looked good, he travelled into it well. He has to be a smart horse because he has nothing done. Keith said he'll improve a stone from it, he said he was very green.
Curragh Sun, 26th Jul, 2020
Trueba That's great for Nikita. I thought it was an ideal race as he probably didn't get home over a mile the last day. A stiff six or an easy seven if probably ideal. We have him there for Nikita now as he doesn't seem to go for any of the rest of the lads. She rides him out most days and told me he was flying. He had a good draw and it just worked well. He's always been a horse that worked well, he's rated 66 now and he'll be there for her until the end of the year. Hopefully she can get another winner on him. She works very hard and wants to be a jockey. It's tough for the girls here, but she's doing a good job with the opportunities she's getting, she probably doesn't get enough.