Naas Thu, 17th Sep, 2020
Fight Zone It was overdue. He's a fine big horse but he's just very immature and he'll be a fine three-year-old. He loved that ground but he's just looking around and being very green with Colin there in the first part of the race. When the penny drops and he fills into his frame, it's all about next year with him. At the start of the race he wasn't helping him but he actually helped him at the end. He has plenty of ability.
Navan Thu, 10th Sep, 2020
Ebony Maw . We were knocking on the door, finishing second, in the last couple of weeks so it's grand to get one before the weekend. He did that lovely and is a typical Iffraaj. He loved taking a lead and got to the front as late as he wanted to get there. He's still green as he hasn't got a lot of miles on the clock. That yielding ground is what he wants, he wouldn't want on the quick side of good, and his minimum trip is a mile-and-two. It's ten days since he ran after a break and he took a couple of blows so should improve for that. We've got his maiden out of the way and hopefully off his mark there is a nice handicap in him. Shane Lyons, representing
Bellewstown Wed, 26th Aug, 2020
Ecliptical We didn't really want to run him back that quick but Vincent (Gaul) is a local owner and loves to support Bellewstown. It's a Foran qualifier with a good pot and a plus ten bonus. They went that quick early doors that Colin said he went slower at the Curragh (over six furlongs). He felt they would come back to him and he's so genuine that he handled the ground. No horse really wants tacky heavy ground like that. It should stand to him for the final of this series over seven furlongs on autumn ground. He was only ready to start at the Curragh and the penny just started to drop late on. From now on he'll improve as he had a touch of sore shins in the middle of the summer and we backed off him.
Leopardstown Thu, 20th Aug, 2020
Estepona Sun We don't have enough claimers in this country and HRI haven't been putting them on this year. The excuses they are giving us aren't right, they are saying that owners can't come and look at horses. I've had several phone calls from English trainers today asking us about the horses and taking our advice. We were represented in every claimer last year and they've been claimed. It stops us having to go to the sales, bringing staff to the sales in England who would then need to quarantine for two weeks. We have to have claimers. If there was a claimer a week it takes horses out of the sales. In every claimer last year our horses were gone and I wouldn't be surprised if two of the three, if not all three, were claimed. We are an honest yard. We price them right, accounting for the prize money, and we take the cost out of having to travel. All these horses are in the sales next week at Newmarket. It's vital that HRI support Irish trainers and have claimers at least once a month, if not once a week. Everyone who has one in a claimer gets a run whereas in the 0-65s they get balloted out. You can have different levels of claimers. The excuses HRI are giving are not acceptable. I've got five calls from England today and they are good enough to take my word. We want claimers to continue and aren't going to put them wrong. Jim Gough has claimed plenty of ours. There was a race the other day with four horses in it that had been claimed from us. Vormir won the other day and I was delighted
Leopardstown Thu, 20th Aug, 2020
Roca Roma It's good to get her back. We freshened her up since her last two quick runs. It was a tough ask in the Pretty Polly and we ran her back a bit soon in Killarney thinking we'd give her a confidence booster. She ran a bit flat there. She's fresh now. She's gone through that ground due to her class and Colin also went on the fresh ground. She took herself into the race lovely. We knew she wanted a cut in it but no horse wants that heavy ground. That's as bad as I've seen in Leopardstown for many a year, although it's no fault of anyone. We're delighted to give her a confidence booster there. We'll take her home and freshen her up now. Hopefully we might find black-type for her on Champions weekend, we'll have to look at the program. It's all about black-type now. She was a Guineas filly in our eyes and she's still a group horse for us.