Punchestown Sun, 17th Jan, 2021
Kristian Goingwel they crawled early and I had to ride him handier than ideal. Turning into the straight I thought it was going to turn into a bit of sprint so I sent him on. He started pulling himself up in front but when the horse came to him he went on again. He was a bit of a slow learner. Hopefully he’s starting to get a bit of confidence now after a couple of wins.
Cork Sat, 2nd Jan, 2021
Treacysenniscorthy He would have needed his run the last day and we were a lot happier coming here today. He's racing off a lower mark than his hurdles rating and probably a lot of those were exposed, so off his hurdles mark you'd have given him a chance. He wouldn't want any shorter, but we didn't want to run him over three miles-plus on heavy winter ground - he probably wants a bit of nicer ground. Two and a half miles was grand for him on today's ground. The Leopardstown Chase is one aim and there's a Grand National Trial handicap at Naas over three miles four furlongs in March. We'll aim him for Leopardstown and if the ground is okay he'll go for that. We half thought he might be entitled to a little squeak in something like the Kim Muir at Cheltenham -three miles and two furlongs on better ground would suit him.
Punchestown Tue, 8th Dec, 2020
Hoke Colburn the On The Green Syndicate are an awful enthusiastic bunch of owners, they are just back golfing this week so to throw in the winner as well is mighty!. he's been very unlucky. Eoin (Mahon) was very unlucky on him when he got pushed wide at the second last in Clonmel and things didn't go to plan in the Ladies National. His jumping is his forte and that was brilliant.
Navan Sat, 5th Dec, 2020
Crossed My Mind He had a lovely weight. He came on a bit from Thurles and I thought the extra couple of furlongs and a bigger track would suit. He’s always been a nice horse but had niggly problems all the way through his career. It’s the first time that I’ve had a good run with him, and it’s nice to get a good pot with him again. He’s still a novice for the season which could come in handy later on for something like a novice handicap. The Leopardstown Chase over 2m5f could also be a race for him.
Cork Sun, 22nd Nov, 2020
Chatham Street Lad At home he is dour enough on heavy ground but he jarred himself here on the better ground last year so we were happy to run,. He is very consistent, he travelled fierce well for him and I'd say he won a bit snug. I'll leave plans up to the owners and they're having great fun with him. He is owned by a Mayo hotelier Vivian Healy and his brother Liam Healy, who owns a pub in Churchtown. Both are fierce supporters of racing and buy a few horses every year and Jimmy Gordon picked him out a few years ago.
Thurles Thu, 5th Nov, 2020
Crossed My Mind He was entitled to do that on his hurdles form. He was in great form so we'll tip away during the winter and we'll stick to fences as he has gone a bit high over hurdles and he'll pay his way. He won't get killed (by the handicapper) for winning that I wouldn't think and he's getting on but has won a couple of nice races for us. It is nice to have him for the winter, I haven't got too many so it's nice to have those sort of horses, especially for J.P. (McManus).
Thurles Thu, 5th Nov, 2020
The Chapel Field He jumped well today. He was entitled to win on his rating but we thought he was a bit hard done by to get 105 in a handicap. This was ideal for him today and we're delighted with him. He'll stay handicapping and hopefully he'll win more of them - they're not easy won!
Sligo Fri, 23rd Oct, 2020
She's All Vintage I thought she got a savage ride from Ryan. I was a bit worried about the ground but she did it well. She's a Beneficial mare and she wants proper soft ground. I only have my licence since January and that's my second winner.
Clonmel Thu, 1st Oct, 2020
Rolling Revenge I got him off Martin Brassil to teach Cathal (McCormack) in Open Lightweight point to points but it happens he doesn't stay three miles and we asked Martin to see could we run him in handicap chases and they obliged. Cathal is a cousin of mine; I worked for Eddie Cawley for 20 years and Cathal, who is 19, came in the past five years with me and that's his second winner. He is good to ride and is half-thinking about going conditional as he is finding it hard to pick up rides in point to points. The horse did it well, he had a great run the last day and ground is key for him; we'll keep him in for a few weeks but if it goes soft we'll let him off. That's my third winner on the track, I have 14 horses at the minute and they are mixed between the track and point-to-points.