Punchestown Tue, 24th Nov, 2020
Alexei Vronsky It probably wasn't the best race on paper but I'm delighted. Leigh Roche recommended that we buy him out of Michael O'Callaghan's. He's a fine horse and it's great to get the win out of him. He stays well and handled that ground. He won in Roscommon on good ground so he should be versatile.
Curragh Sun, 11th Oct, 2020
Helvic Dream I thought he was good all year but things just haven't gone right for him with one thing and another. I don't know where he will go next, and there is the possibility we could travel with him. He'll stick to Stakes races now. We have schooled him over barrels but that will probably go out the window now. Colin was riding the O'Brien horses today but he told me the other day he was riding this horse which was nice to hear. We get on well together and it gave me a bit of satisfaction that he stuck with me. He loves soft ground. He wouldn't want fast ground but I think he'll go on good ground.
Tipperary Mon, 14th Sep, 2020
Seanjohnsilver He was missing the breaks catastrophically and in fairness to Colin Keane, who rode him the last day, said to take the crossed noseband off him as he resented it,. We did and he pinged out of stalls at home yesterday and if you look back on his old form in England he was probably well handicapped. It was very hard to have confidence with him and the noseband was the only thing we changed; he jumped fine for us at Dundalk in the past but all of a sudden started doing it and we were definitely on our last legs with him. I hope the owner had something on because I was just hoping he'd jump out! . He is owned by David Reilly, a very nice fellow from Dublin.
Curragh Sun, 13th Sep, 2020
Sonnyboyliston That's a great way to end the weekend. Of the whole weekend he was probably the horse I was most excited about, I thought maybe he had the best chance,. When you look at his form, and what Joseph's filly had done (O’Brien’s Thundering Nights), the form was in the book. The cheek-pieces were on him just to help him concentrate because the last time Ben (Coen) thought he just ran a little bit green mid-race. There was a good pace on today and he settled really well. Billy said he got there well. He's a big baby that's learning on the job and he should have no problem stepping up to a mile-and-a-half. He's after getting a fair hike (in the handicap) the last few times. He's a horse I think we should have next year. We might give him one more run before the year is out, maybe the Trigo or one of those Listed races just to see where he fits in. One more this year and hopefully we'll have him for next year because I'd say he's above average.
Curragh Sat, 18th Jul, 2020
Laws Of Indices The price looks an insult now but I suppose he just fell in, in an auction maiden at Navan getting all the allowances,. Fair play to the owners, he was a horse that we liked. He ran early on in Naas and he's obviously made improvement as he's gone along. Certainly he's made a huge step forward. I would have been delighted with a place. He travelled through the race quite well and he's a horse that had shown us at home that he wants seven and they needed to stay today as it's slow ground. He got to the line well and galloped through it. At Naas he was in the gates quite a bit, was slowly away and maybe didn't handle the ridges. He took a lot from it and gained a bit of experience. Then he went on to Navan, on soft ground, and a furlong out you'd say he would be fourth but he hit the line very well there. To be honest I didn't see a win coming today and would have been delighted with a good run. He's obviously come forward well again. He's entitled to run in all the good races now, he's well entered up. He's in the Phoenix and the National Stakes. The Railway is always a very strong race so he'll take his chance in those races.
Curragh Sat, 18th Jul, 2020
Sonnyboyliston He's progressing well. I thought he was a little bit unlucky at Navan the last time,. Ben said he made his own bit of bad luck today as he wasn't travelling through the race. When he got him to the outside he stayed on well and got the trip well. I think it's a good trip for him at the minute but he might be a horse that gets a mile-and-a-half in time. He's a very sensible horse but he does light up when he gets to the races. He's only had five runs and is still learning. It onwards and upwards but it's going to get tougher for him as he goes along.