Clonmel Thu, 16th May, 2019
Touch Of Oscar He's a consistent horse and would probably love a bit of easier ground. It's nice to get him to win his maiden hurdle, and he'll probably have a little break now. It was a very messy race as they went slow and sprinted up over the last two. I was worried as he's a staying type of horse while the other one (Rip Rocks Paddy Ok) was a pacey horse off the Flat.
Punchestown Wed, 15th May, 2019
Dlauro He was impressive. He's had a few setbacks since we got him. The ground was nice and safe here today and it was good to get a run into him. I was a bit surprised that he was keen for the first couple of furlongs. They set off in a bunch and it lit him up a bit. He would have learned plenty today. He made all in his point-to-point and the main thing today was that he learned a bit. It was a surprise to see him win that well but he's a lovely horse.
Leopardstown Sun, 12th May, 2019
King's Vow He won well. The form of the race in Navan worked out well and that was a good race I'd say. It was an extremely messy race. Donnacha moved up halfway and it made plenty of sense, he could strike then whenever he wanted.
Gowran Park Wed, 8th May, 2019
Snapraeceps she (Snapraeceps) had a lovely run first time out and the race worked out very well. Shane was very happy with her and said she had come forward. She travelled much better today and she's a nice filly, I'd say. With any fillies like that black-type is the thing. Whether we take in a winners race on the way or not we'll see what races are there for her. She's a decent filly and the second (Shannan) was well thought of. She should stay a bit further but I'll stick to a mile with her for the time being as she's not slow.
Gowran Park Wed, 8th May, 2019
Linger they went quick up front and the race probably fell apart a bit in front of him. Wayne gave him a lovely ride. He's been off the track for a while and he won off 49 so hopefully he'll get another go. These races over this trip (1m6f) in this grade are few and far between so our hand will be forced where we go next. He obviously has the option of going hurdling and chasing as well.
Curragh Mon, 6th May, 2019
Red Tea She had a good run first time out for me in Gowran. Donnacha got a nice clean run up the outside and she was quite impressive. She's a decent filly and could go for something like a Hunt Cup before aiming at Stakes races. I think they went fast and a good few winners have come up that stands’ rail today so that was probably a help to her.
Punchestown Fri, 3rd May, 2019
Gardens Of Babylon He's a nice horse and he's been in good form all season long. It's nice to get his second win today. He was just beaten in a couple of graded races so he only barely qualified for today's race. Derek gave him a lovely ride. It worked out well for him, there was plenty of pace on. He's had a good year and it's nice to finish off with a win. We think he might stay a bit further next season and he's big enough to jump a fence so he has loads of options. Derek said he was flat out most of the way and he came good in the straight for him. The leader went very quick in Limerick and won so we were a little bit worried about him getting away again because he looked very good that day. Today was probably a hotter race and we had a couple of horses to take us to him. I'd say the race worked out very well for us and Derek gave him a lovely ride. The way he races and the way he finishes his races he should stay a bit further.
Dundalk Fri, 3rd May, 2019
Downdraft He's a grand, little horse and skips along that surface. It worked out nicely as the horse that made the running went nice and even for him. It was a lovely race to start off in. That's what you'd be hoping (to go for a premier handicap). I think he had a little blowout down the back, so probably fitness-wise there is a bit more improvement in him.
Navan Sun, 28th Apr, 2019
Master Of Reality He had good form in France and I thought he would need the run. Wayne (Lordan) kept it nice and simple on him because he is an uncomplicated horse. He stays and goes well and is a well-bred horse. He had two ordinary runs for me last year but it is hard swapping mid-season from France to here. We gave him time and I'm delighted for Lloyd and Nick. They sent him to me with a big reputation and it didn't work out last year and they gave us another chance with him. We'll have to train him for a Gold Cup now. He stays and he is going to come on a bit for the run I'd say. We'll see what happens. He's an uncomplicated horse. He had been working well but to be honest I didn't think he was fit enough for his first run, I thought he would come on a bit from it. It is probably testament to his attitude to tough it out.
Wexford Sat, 27th Apr, 2019
Commandant He was a stone higher than when he first won over fences and I thought the ground was too dead for him. I said to Sean whatever chance he has just to try and creep away on him. It shows how much I know about training!. When he is on a going day he is very good at his own level. He seems to be improving with time.
Dundalk Wed, 24th Apr, 2019
Syrena It's nice to get her to win. She was good and consistent last year and things didn't fall right for her a few times this year,. Shane gave her a nice ride. He waited, she has one run. Probably seven is her trip, I've been running her at a mile but we'll probably go six or seven from now on. I'd say she'll go for a handicap now, she ran okay in a few handicaps this year and I'd imagine her mark is going to stay around what it is.
Fairyhouse Tue, 23rd Apr, 2019
Ivanovich Gorbatov They went quick and he enjoys that. He travels and he jumps very well. He probably got there a little bit sooner than ideal but he got a good jump at the last and that probably finished it for the rest of them. JJ gave him a great ride, he's been riding the horse and he knows him well. You have to take a chance, go down the inside, cover him up and have a go late. Things fell his way today, it's a lovely pot and I'm delighted for JP (McManus). He loves having cover, he loves good ground and a strong pace. When things fall his way he's a good horse and when things don't go his way he tends to sulk a little bit and he gives up. Thankfully today things went his way. He was working well but you don't know what you're going to get with him. JJ gave the horse a fantastic ride. He's strong as an Ox. He's a big help to us, he works every single day schooling and you name it. Obviously we get on very well. He knows how we like the horse ridden and he gets the job done.