Curragh Sun, 13th Sep, 2020
Sonnyboyliston That's a great way to end the weekend. Of the whole weekend he was probably the horse I was most excited about, I thought maybe he had the best chance,. When you look at his form, and what Joseph's filly had done (O’Brien’s Thundering Nights), the form was in the book. The cheek-pieces were on him just to help him concentrate because the last time Ben (Coen) thought he just ran a little bit green mid-race. There was a good pace on today and he settled really well. Billy said he got there well. He's a big baby that's learning on the job and he should have no problem stepping up to a mile-and-a-half. He's after getting a fair hike (in the handicap) the last few times. He's a horse I think we should have next year. We might give him one more run before the year is out, maybe the Trigo or one of those Listed races just to see where he fits in. One more this year and hopefully we'll have him for next year because I'd say he's above average.
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