Clonmel Thu, 5th Dec, 2019
Costalita She is a homebred filly and the dam (Vinnes Friend) was good to me and won twice and we liked her. She is from a very good family and is the first foal from the mare. John Dillon approached me, through another owner and his friend Oliver Barden, to get involved in a horse and I said this would be a fun filly. She is of average ability but is after winning a handicap nicely so hopefully the handicapper won't be too hard on her and hopefully she will get another day.
Fairyhouse Tue, 12th Nov, 2019
Enduring Love The lads in the weigh room have a lot to answer for! We couldn't get that horse around. He ran very well in his handicap chase and he wants winter ground. Last year he had two runs, he unseated at the first in Limerick at Christmas when I fancied the life out of him. We went to Wexford on ground that was too good and he slipped on the flat, when running really well. He had no luck the last year but we've minded him because he wants soft ground. So we've waited a year-and-a-half with him. He's a relatively young horse and hopefully he can go on from there. Joanna rode for me in this last year and we were third with Rightback Atya, the horse that was second earlier today. She did well after he made a mistake. Joanna rides well over a fence and has loads of experience. In the ladies' race it's very hard to get a rider so she's my retained one, an unpaid retainer!. I'm delighted for John (Leckey). We had a winner for him at Naas on Saturday and another winner today so it's great. Hopefully this horse might come back here next week.
Naas Sat, 9th Nov, 2019
Fiveaftermidnight she won a maiden hurdle back in the summer and then had disappointed us a few times. She lost her confidence over fences and Annette that rides her out at home and looks after her has done a super job. We’ve done a good bit of schooling over hurdles with her just to get her confidence back. The plan was to ride her handy coming here today and then when I thought there was so much pace in the race I said to Sean going out to take your time and try and get a little bit of confidence and get her coming home well. That might get her into some of the good mares’ handicap chases later in the year.