Fairyhouse Tue, 12th Nov, 2019
Honeysuckle I'm delighted with that. I was a bit nervous beforehand, I have to say. Rachael was really happy with her and we couldn't have asked her to do any more. She said she was grand on the ground, she said it was tough out there. I'm delighted to get it for Kenny Alexander and it's just nice to have her back, and start her season off well. We need to sit down and discuss thing now. She's in the Hatton's Grace so we'll see. It's a bit frustrating because the two mares races we have are both for horses that haven't won Grade 1s. The one at Punchestown next week is understandable, that's a Listed race, and then the Grade 3 at Christmas is for mares that haven't won a Grade 1 so she's quite limited in mares races between now and Christmas. She's in the Hatton's Grace and then we'll look at Christmas as well but I haven't really discussed anything yet. I don't think we'd go across the water unless the lads want to.
Cork Sun, 3rd Nov, 2019
Minella Melody she (Minella Melody) did it the hard way, jumped brilliant and Rachael was delighted with her and she will come on plenty for the run. I thought it was a good race going in to it and all week I was wondering did I have her fit enough. She'll come on plenty for it if she did happen to win here today, I was hoping to aim for the 2m4f Listed Voler La Vedette Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in December. There are a lot of good mares around at the moment but hopefully we'll be there with them.
Cork Sun, 3rd Nov, 2019
Tiger Voice he did it the hard way in the end and it seemed messy early on. He didn't jump the last two amazingly but kept going well and he was really good. He was disappointing last year but when you stand in to him he is a big horse and is only filling out now. It definitely wasn't my best placing performance running him at Tipperary (behind yesterday's Grade B hurdle winner Janidil) but I just wanted to get him out and decided to kick on so it was nice to get back to his own age and he didn't have a winners' penalty either. There is a 4yo only winners' race at the end of the month for him at Gowran and that is a possible.
Punchestown Wed, 16th Oct, 2019
Jan Maat obviously it was made a bit easier but he jumped great and it’s lovely to win a Grade 3. He’s done really well and deserved to win one. He came up against Wicklow Brave a couple of times, and hopefully he’ll keep progressing over fences.