It was great to get a winner on the board for the 2014 season with Luddsdenene getting his head in front in Thurlus, again getting a great ride from Paul Townend. Luddsdenene always looked like a good horse but his abilities were hampered when he began to develop wind problems. He was subsequently hob-dayed and afterwards had a tie-back operation but over time and with age the operations became less successful. It was my brother Ronan who kept the faith in his abilities and nursed him through another wind operation which thankfully has been successful. I will run Luddsdenene in Fairyhouse this weekend and hopefully he can produce another great performance.
I am currently writing an article in the Wicklow People, on a weekly basis. Make sure to catch up on all my predictions as well as how I think our horses will perform for the week ahead. I will also post my article to my blog page here on the website.
Ballyburke gave a great jumping performance in Cork on Sunday to secure not just another winner for the yard and his owner Mr J.P McManus, but also a treble for Paul Townend on the day. Paul quoted he came alive at the fourth last fence and I left him move on and his experience told. He idled on the way to the last but it was just a matter of getting over it.