Sunday 3rd February – Punchestown
Born In Fire wasn´t a bad pointer but he ran deplorably at Naas and we still can´t figure out why. He´ll make a good jumper on better ground. – M. Morris, trainer.
Mozolotov has been working well and I was waiting for a good race for him. I imagine it will be the Supreme Novices´ next, and I think he´ll be better on better ground. – Willie Mullins, trainer.
I wouldn´t say he was mad about the ground, but Colbert Station jumps and stays. If he´s going to run in the National we have to keep him ticking over, and the race served its purpose – Ted Walsh, trainer.
He´s a three-mile chaser, that´s what Spot The Boss is. – Oliver McKiernan, trainer.
Other comments this week….
“It is probably more likely that Unaccompianied will go straight to Cheltenham but a lot will depend on what the weather does in the coming weeks. A racecourse gallop may be an option instead of a race but we’ll see how things go.” – Dermot Weld.
The Paparrazi Kid might be better than I thought and I imagine he´ll stick to bumpers this season. – Willie Mullins
Bostons Angel finished sixth in the Glenfarclas P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase. I was expecting a big run from this family favourite, and although he ran well, it was a bit below my expectations. He failed to see out his race as he has been doing but he has come out of the race well and all is not lost on him yet. – Jessie Harrington
“Flemenstar did a terrific bit of work last week. Andrew Lynch (jockey) said afterwards that he has never worked as well. He has been in great form since and we’ll take him over to The Old Vic at The Curragh to do another bit and that should leave him spot-on for Saturday.” – Francis Casey, trainers son
Arabella Boy travelled well all the way and he’ll go for the Cross Country Chase, on the Tuesday, at Cheltenham next,” Enda Bolger
“It hasn’t really made any difference to where we’ll go at Cheltenham – I’d say the Gold Cup is the outsider of the three options and we’ll just see how everything unfolds. When you see Sprinter Sacre there last weekend he was very impressive. Of course that (potential opposition) is going to play a part, so we’ll just have to weigh it all up and see which way we go. Sizing Europes’ most impressive win this year was probably the two-mile-four Clonmel Oil Chase.” – Henry De Bromhead
Thursday 24 January – Galway
Davy Russell, rider.
The ground suited Curvacious better today, she didn´t get home on the bad ground at Limerick last time. She´ll go handicapping now.-Ted Stanners, trainer.
Very pleased with that, it looked like there was no let up in pace and Fatcatinthehat jumped fantastic. He´ll probably go to the Fred Winter. That run will have taken a bit out of him, so I don´t think you´ll see him before Cheltenham – Willie Mullins, trainer
We were lucky Willie´s wasn´t there but we weren´t too lucky. Benneficient is in the Arkle and the Jewson, we´ll look at the entries. If they were going to go fast enough in the Arkle we might consider it. I´d prefer to go to Aintree with him but he´ll be guaranteed to go to Cheltenham - Tony Martin, trainer
We´ve had this race in mind all year but I didn´t fancy him on the ground. If it was good ground I would really have fancied him. Farrells Fancy was very keen but just got home. We´ll probably go for the novice handicap chase at Cheltenham now – Terence O´Brien, trainer
They went some lick. Emmett kept Abbey Lane out of trouble on the outside and when it got into a test of stamina it suited him. He´s a good jumper and stayer. I thought the 2 miles might be a short for him but not in conditions like this. I´d be happy enough togo for the County Hurdle, that race takes a bit of getting – Willie Mullins, trainer
A better race would suit Le Vent D’Antan, and a little better ground. Everything he´s done since he arrived in the yard has been exceptional. He works as well as Cheltenian – Liz Doyle, trainer
This is a stepping stone for Legal Exit. He won´t be doing much more over hurdles this year, we´ll be looking after him before going novice chasing next season. He could be a very good chaser and he excites me as much as Lord Windermere.
Jim Culloty, trainer
If you saw Pont Alexandre at home, you´d think he wants five miles. He is a different horse at the track and showed he has the pace for the Neptune. – Ruby Walsh, jockey
Blackmail met a very good horse at Navan two runs back. He is a decent sort and I think better ground would suit – he´s a good-actioned horse. He´s plenty good enough for the Cheltenham bumper. – Tony Martin, trainer