County Kildare-based trainer Padraig Roche is looking forward to getting his winter team into action in his first full season with a licence.
A son of legendary Flat jockey and now retired trainer Christy, Roche took up the reins at Curraghview Stables this year and is pleased with the progress he has made.
After a career as an amateur jockey, the fledgling handler has seen both sides of the game and has got the backing of some good patrons as he bids to keep the Roche name up in lights.
“We have a few nice horses for the winter and we’re looking forward to getting going when the rain comes,” he said.
“Out Of The Loop is not back in yet – he got a little injury – but hopefully he’ll be back soon enough.
“He’s only a five-year-old so he’s something to look forward to after his wins at Fairyhouse.
“I haven’t discussed it with Frank (Berry, racing manager) or JP (McManus, owner), but I presume he’ll be staying hurdling.
“I’ve had six winners now since taking out the licence this year.
“Demi Plie, who won for me in Bellewstown, runs in JP’s colours now, too.
“She’s a nice mare. She’ll mix it in both – she might go for another hurdle or she has the option of going back on the Flat as well.
“She has a good pedigree and it was great to get a win out of her.
“There’s room there for plenty more horses and I’d suppose I’m like a lot of trainers in that respect.
“Dad has his own mares and foals and a lot of young stock and that keeps him busy. He’s always there for a bit of advice if I ever want it, at the same time.
“He’s always bred a few and he has a good few mares now along with foals, yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds – all National Hunt-bred.
“Even when he was riding years ago, he always had two or three mares as well.”