Curragh Sat, 27th Jun, 2020
Santiago Ascot was his first run of the year and he had a tough enough race over a mile and six. It was a big call and a big worry to run but obviously there is only one Irish Derby. We were always going to ride him patiently as that’s the way he has to be ridden. The rain was a big help to him as he handles an ease in the ground. I think it was an honest gallop. They ran good races, so I'm delighted. Santiago is a lovely, straightforward horse. He likes to take his time in his races and Seamus got a lovely run through and stayed very well. We thought he could be a Leger horse, and we were going to look forward to him for next year. He's a lovely, clean winded, honest horse. We thought he’d be a lovely Cup horse for next year. If he didn’t come here he might have gone to Goodwood over two miles. I think so (go for the St Leger), it looks a lovely race for him. There is a chance he could have a break now and be trained for the St Leger. We have the second and the third there too, so we will see what the lads want to do. They are two lovely horses (Tiger Moth and Dawn Patrol) and are two babies. They are progressing. In a month's time they will be even better we think. Seamus is a great fella, lot of experience and works hard. We are delighted for him. He knows the horses very well.
Curragh Fri, 26th Jun, 2020
Tonkinese I'm delighted with that. I'm delighted for Jack (Cantillon) and all in the syndicate. There are a big team of people in the horse and they will have got great sport out of that,. Dylan gave him a lovely ride from the draw. He's a consistent horse and has progressed with his runs. It worked out well for him today. He travelled into the straight and there was a good gallop on in front of him.
Leopardstown Mon, 2nd Mar, 2020
My Manekineko that was worth waiting for although I'm not sure he deserved to win a Leopardstown novice chase! But it was great. He was a horse that we kept going for Gavin (Brouder, winning jockey) to get him experience and it seems to be working out for both of them. Gavin is improving away with him. I thought when I saw the conditions for 109 or less there would be six runners and he'd be the best horse in the race but of course in Ireland it's that competitive. He's 109 over both hurdles and fences so couldn't really be better in. It's great that it's worked out. I have him qualified for the final of a veterans chase for conditional riders in Newbury in three weeks. That's where he'll go now, it's a big pot and it'll suit the jockey and the horse.
Leopardstown Mon, 2nd Mar, 2020
Turbojet he galloped to the line and his jumping was very good today. We did a lot of work on his jumping. Adam reckoned he was in front too soon, with the horse falling (Discordantly, after halfway). He liked him, he said they went a good gallop, increased it the whole way and he thought it was a nice race to ride in. He won his maiden hurdle in Listowel but in handicap company he was struggling a bit. He's a big lump of a horse and obviously this is the next step over fences. He jumped well over these fences and they take a bit of jumping. We'll look for something at Easter time maybe at Fairyhouse. The man that owns him won't be in any hurry with him.