Curragh Sat, 22nd Aug, 2020
Mighty Blue It was a good performance under top-weight, Dylan is good value for his claim and he gave her a lovely confident ride,. Obviously his claim helped but it was still a good performance from her to carry the weight and win in that ground, I actually think she enjoyed the ground. She was dropping in class after running in a couple of stakes races. She was due to run in Sligo when the race was called off and that was obviously for luck now. We had hoped that she was a filly that was capable of getting black-type. It hasn't happened yet but hopefully it will. She will have an entry in a handicap on Champions Weekend but it will depend on the ground. I'm very lucky to have some very good apprentices in the yard. Obviously Shane (Crosse) is very good and Dylan is very good. He has lots of experience pony racing as does Mikey Sheehy. I have a few other good chaps there, Alan Persse, Hugh (Horgan) and Cathal Gahan. When apprentices get going, get on a roll, and get a bit of confidence it's kind of a free 7lb. I'm lucky to have a number of good apprentices.
Tipperary Mon, 17th Aug, 2020
Merry Poppins She is a lovely filly who only came to us in March/April time and was a little bit weak when she came but has strengthened up nicely. I told Dylan take his time as the ground had gone plenty soft for her as she isn't a big framed filly. I spoke to Brian (Acheson, owner) about going down the flat route but I said she jumps like a stag and is a typical Authorised who jumps super. I said I'd love to go for a three year old hurdle and we did. We haven't exactly drilled her and there is still a bit to work on. We'll look at a winners' hurdle next and could also give her a spin on the flat. She is a nice filly and will progress whatever she does. That is Carmel's (Acheson) first winner for me but her husband Brian has had winners in the Robcour colours and they are excellent supports of mine.
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.