Limerick Tue, 29th Dec, 2020
Johnnys Girl It’s great to get that winner. She’s a grand mare and was well entitled to win off that weight. She was running off a mark of 73 and claiming 7lb. It’s great to get it for her owner Johnny McDonnell and she’ll go for another race like that. I think the race fell apart a bit. I told Gearoid to wait and wait on her and the weight might come into calculations on this ground. He gave her a great ride. She loves the soft ground. She’s a slow type of mare but slow horses win races in the right conditions.
Limerick Sat, 26th Dec, 2020
Colreevy That was a nice surprise. He jumped great and capitalised on the very fast early pace which seemed to catch out a lot of the runners. Bryan was terrific, just keeping him together and keeping him jumping. He took what was left to him after they went too fast early on. He could stick at that trip, but you’d obviously look at a longer trip for him, maybe two and a half. I’d imagine the Dublin Racing Festival will be the plan, we’ll see how he comes out of this race today.
Limerick Sat, 26th Dec, 2020
Colreevy It was a good performance. She was always very good to jump at home from day one, and the aim today was a clear round and hopefully we’d be in the mix down over the last two. I knew she’d keep galloping — she is very tough, not fast — and once Paul (Townend, on Asterion Forlonge) fell, it opened things up. But it still wasn’t going to be easy from there — when the other horse (Pencilfulloflead) joined her it definitely helped. There is a good programme for mares nowadays, and the Flynns (owners) will be delighted because they will probably breed from her and she is now a Grade One winner in bumpers and over fences.
Limerick Tue, 17th Nov, 2020
Blanketontheground She had a lovely run behind Our Roxanne on heavy ground at Gowran last year and John Joe (Walsh, her previous trainer) had a great job done with her,. She idled and had a look at the last but I wasn't too worried. . These are lovely races for these kind of horses and she looks to be a lovely filly and we're delighted with her. John Leahy, from Listowel, owns her and it's his first horse with us so hopefully he'll be lucky.
Punchestown Sat, 14th Nov, 2020
Letsbeclearaboutit He's a real nice horse, he's exciting. I don't know what route I'm going to take with him, we might go for the Listed bumper at Navan (December 19th). He's a five-year-old so the question is whether you go over hurdles with him or stay the bumper route. I'd say we might stay in bumpers and I won't run him too much. He loves that soft ground but he's not slow and better ground won't be a problem to him.
Fairyhouse Fri, 13th Nov, 2020
Sadies Trix She’s a handy little filly and I’m delighted for Tim Delaney (owner) who has a couple of coffee shops in Portlaoise. We’ll see what the handicapper does. I’m not sure if she’ll keep going through the real winter ground and she might get a break and come back in the spring. She jumps quick which is a big help to her but she’ll have to settle a bit better to improve. Kevin gave her a great ride and gets on well with her. She battled back well today.
Fairyhouse Tue, 10th Nov, 2020
Stand Up And Fight that was a pleasant surprise and obviously Aine has found the key to him as his last couple of runs were very disappointing. We had notions about him before and brought him to Cheltenham last year when he finished sixth but there has been a question mark about him ever since. We did all kinds of tests but nothing showed up. We put blinkers on him today and they have done the trick. Obviously we were lucky with the mistake of Billaway but they are there to be jumped. We were thinking of going for a cross country race at Punchestown with him but it looks like he’ll have to stay hunter chasing now.
Navan Sun, 8th Nov, 2020
Castlegrace Paddy he obviously likes it here, it's a fine galloping track which the likes of this horse needs. He jumped brilliant and himself and Bryan seem to get on very well. Hopefully we can keep going in this direction; he won the Hilly Way before but didn't have a great year after that so we won't get too carried away. More than likely we'll look at Leopardstown over Christmas. He's beaten a horse (A Plus Tard) there that will probably improve a lot but so will ours. I'd rate him a serious horse. We'll talk to (owner) Stever Parker of Clipper Logistics, Joe Foley and Bryan (Cooper) and make a decision. Maybe if the ground was good you'd be looking to go up in trip but on that sort of ground I think that is his trip.
Navan Sun, 8th Nov, 2020
Joshua Webb he was a bit unlucky last year after he won his bumper. He unseated Denis (O'Regan) here one day and had a few little hiccups here and there. I'd say he's a nice horse. He'll go on for a novice now and we'll see what way the handicapper rates him. He'll come on a bit from the run as he only had one piece of work. He made a mistake at the second last which didn't help but he was great at the last which was the one we needed.
Fairyhouse Tue, 3rd Nov, 2020
Royal Kahala I was disappointed with her run the last day but Declan Lavery told me afterwards that she needed the run,. She's a nice filly, going back to her first run. She's a massive filly and we'll see whether she goes for another bumper, I'll speak to the syndicate. We do think an awful lot of her. I'm actually raging for poor Seamus (Perry) in the yard who forgot to do the health screening. It would have been his first winner so it's bitter-sweet for him as he does all the work with her and rides her every day. James gave her a great ride and she's a nice filly. We'll see now whether she goes for the Listed bumper at Navan in a few weeks time or goes hurdling I don't know yet. She's a nice one to look forward to.
Cork Sun, 1st Nov, 2020
Dromore Lad I love that little horse - he is a cracker and is so tough. He had a lovely mark and he is just a dour, dour stayer. He wants four miles, goes on heavy, is by Flemensfirth and is as tough as nails. There is a 3m5f handicap chase now and he could also go for the Welsh National over Christmas. I'm delighted for Frank Reynolds (owner) who has had a lot of winners but that is his first big winner. That's Sean's first National winner and he has also ridden out his (3lb) claim with that win. It's a grand way to lose his claim!
Thurles Thu, 22nd Oct, 2020
Steer Clear A big thanks to JP (McManus) and Frank (Berry) for giving Aidan the opportunity and that's his third winner. He is with me the whole time and is getting going now and is getting rides. He jumped great and he gave him a great ride. The horse burst in Clonmel (in March) but is living outside now and I'd say it is a great help to him. That's his level and it is great to get that win with him; we'll look for something similar next.
Galway Wed, 7th Oct, 2020
Fair Minded She was second at Ballinrobe and then just had an off day up the north,. They’re saying that there’s a nice cut in it, but it’s not winter ground. She wouldn’t go on that. We’ll likely try and get her out again before it goes.
Galway Mon, 7th Sep, 2020
Flirting Lesa We went wrong with her last year by running on the flat and in a hurdle race as we should have stuck chasing as she is an out and out chaser,. I had her ready for the (abandoned) Bishopscourt Cup and I did fancy her today but I thought the ground would be better. Rachael gave her a great ride and did everything I asked; you can't get better than Rachael and she is a very good pilot. We'll see what the handicapper does but she might go to Listowel on the Monday, if not there is a race in Navan the week after.