• In the Stables with Michael O'Callaghan

    Describe you current state of mind in one word?

    How has the season gone for you so far?

    The season has gone well. We haven’t run a whole pile of horses as we had a wet winter and a cold spring and we haven’t rushed them. The ones we have run have done very well, they are coming to themselves and things should take off soon enough.

    How much of an advantage is it to have someone with the knowledge and experience of Kieren Fallon on the team?
    It is a massive coup to have him on board. He’s been there and done that. Kieren doesn’t waste his words but his feedback is invaluable. He gets on really well with everyone and the lads love having him around. He takes a great interest in them.

    How is Now Or Never since her win at Leopardstown on Sunday?
    She is very well and licked the pot clean when we got her home. It was more like a piece of work for her, she travelled strongly and didn’t have a hard race. She has yet to come in her coat so there should be plenty of improvement in her and we are looking forward to the Guineas in a couple of weeks’ time.

    Is Blue De Vega on course for the Tattersalls Ireland 2,000 Guineas?
    He is spot on for the Guineas. He had a real good blow after the Tetrarch and he came out of it very well. Seven furlongs is inadequate for him now and we are looking forward to stepping him up in trip.

    How are your two-year-olds shaping up?
    We are very happy with the bunch that we have. Sebastian Bach is a nice horse and he runs at Navan on Sunday in the Requinto EBF Maiden over five furlongs. He came out of his race at the Curragh quite well. We have a few more for the middle of the Summer and the back end of the season.

    What will win the Epsom/Irish Derbys and the Oaks?
    Minding will win the Oaks and she would win the Derby too if she ran in it. Without her, the Derby is wide open and nothing stands out just yet. There are a few more trials to come but nothing has grabbed the imagination.  

    If you could rob a horse from a fellow trainer, which one would it be?
    It would have to be Minding for all the obvious reasons.

    How do you find the extra attention you are getting from the Press these days?

    I don’t mind at all, its part of the game and it is certainly a sign that things are going well. If there was no attention, you might be getting a little worried.

    What are your short term ambitions?
    The ambition would be to win at Group 1 and then a Classic. We have to keep improving and that would be the main aim. In time, I would like to be training from a self-contained facility with plenty of boxes and space for the horses. If you had that, you wouldn’t want for anything.

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