Navan Sun, 16th Feb, 2020
Captain Cj Conor said he got stuck in the ground a bit jumping but was able to make it up easy on the flat. His form was there and he is in the Eider Chase next week but won't run. It was a choice of coming here or the Eider and I'd like to run him in the Irish National now. He is ground dependant and if it was too quick I wouldn't run him. He is a grand, honest horse and tries hard so that's half the battle. He is not overly big and wouldn't be a lover of that deep ground and jumping-wise he was getting a bit stuck in the ground and on the level was making it up easy. I said to his owner at the start of the year that I'd love to finish the year in the Irish National and this is a nice pot to get so we'll go from here.
Down Royal Tue, 28th Jan, 2020
Opposites Attract He got knocked into at halfway and unbalanced and he (Conor Maxwell) took time to get him going again. He liked the way he toughed it out though,. He said for a horse who wasn't enjoying himself and things weren't going right for he toughed it out well. He said they went a good gallop and it rode a good race. Onwards and upwards. I did say myself he would appreciate a bit of nicer ground when he won here on St Stephen's Day. He'll get further. I just thought at the back of the last he will stay at it and stay at it. He's tough, the more you dig into him the more he finds for you. He's in a few races at Cheltenham and the lads (owners, Slattery Bloodstock Limited) would love to go - we'll see how he comes out of this and we will assess it then sure. We might step him up in trip to three miles.