Raise You wins his Group 3 

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Lope De Vega gelding Raise You won his 3rd race of 2022 for Joseph when winning the Group 3 Irish St. Leger Trial stakes under Shane Crosse.

tracked leaders, soon 3rd, 2nd 4f out, pressed leader over 2f out, led travelling well 2f out, ridden to assert under 1f out, stayed on well final 100 yards

Assistant trainer Brendan Powell said :- “It couldn't have worked out better. We were a bit worried that there would be no pace but luckily enough Nathan has gone on and made the gallop on Seattle Creek . Then Chris  has probably helped us by going on when he did six furlongs out. Shane said he relaxed today, we usually drop him out but he couldn't today with what happened last time. The idea was to try and sit handy if there was a gallop, which happened. He said he travelled great, he thought he might go away from the second a bit quicker but when he got there he just kept lengthening and he's gone away and done it well in the end. He's just keeps improving all the time. I suppose it'll be the Leger now and then see where we go from there. That ground would probably be quick enough for him as well. He's relaxing way more at home now, Paddy Vaughan rides him every day now after Leighton Aspell left. He wasn't the easiest, he was a tearaway, but the two of them have done a great job. I remember when we came for the amateur derby last year we were sort of thinking there was no point going there as he wouldn't get the trip but he put that to bed!”

Raise You currently has entries in the following races:

COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST. LEGER (Group 1) at Curragh on 11 September 2022
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (Group 2) (1) at Ascot on 15 October 2022


Point King gains Listed honours 

Zoffany colt Point King wins his 3rd race of 2022 when landing the Listed Jockey Club of Turkey Vinnie Roe Stakes under Shane Crosse.

led early, chased leader and 2nd halfway, closer approaching straight and pushed along to lead under 2f out, ridden over 1f out and 2 lengths clear 150 yards out, kept on well. To win by 2.25 lengths. 

Brendan Powell said:- “He's gone up another furlong in trip and Shane said it was a good strong gallop all the way. He said what he liked about him was that he's usually had to be hard on him to win but today he actually quickened up from two out and he was just 'hands and heels' and waving the whip at him in the last furlong. “He's improving all the time and he seems to go on this sort of ground as well. He's a big horse but he floats on it. I don't know where he goes from here, that'll be up to Joseph. He's the most relaxed horse and he's the same at home. You wouldn't know what's left in the tank.”

Point King currently has no future entries.


Gear Up takes the Group 3 Ballyroan 

Teofilo Colt Gear Up wins the Group 3 Ballyroan stakes by a neck from stable companion  Cleveland for Joseph and Dylan McMonagle. This is the race that Joseph won in 2019 with Latrobe

tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and headway to lead early straight, 2 lengths clear 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, held on close home.

Joseph said :- " It was a good tough performance. He's been improving with each run all year and I'd say that's as good as he's been all year.I think a mile-and-a-half is probably his perfect trip. I'm very pleased with the win. He ran well the last day but I think a mile-and-a-half is probably his optimum distance. Dylan gave him a lovely uncomplicated ride. This lad always fights and he fought on hard today. There is the Kilternan Stakes back here on Champions Weekend and he's also in the Caulfield Cup. I'm not sure if he can do both. I think the quarantine may start before the Kilternan, so it might be one or the other.”
On Cleveland, he said , “I thought it was a great run. He had to be group placed to qualify for the Melbourne Cup, so I'm very pleased.”

GEAR UP (IRE) currently has entries in the following races:

FITZDARES ROYAL WHIP STAKES (Group 3) at Curragh on 13 August 2022
COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST LEGER TRIAL STAKES (Ballycullen) (Group 3) at Curragh on 13 August 2022
State Of Rest a first Royal Ascot Winner for Shane and Joseph 

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Starspangledbanner colt State Of Rest gave his trainer Joseph and jockey Shane Crosse their  first Royal Ascot successes when landing he spoils in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on day 2 of the meeting. Joseph had won this race previously for his father riding So You Think in 2012. 

 Shane bounced State Of Rest out of he stalls and made all, he was ridden over a furlong out. Stayed on gamely in the final furlong, was unchallenged winning comfortably by a length.

Winning time was 2.79 seconds slower than course average on good to firm ground.

Joseph said:- "We knew coming here today that we had a live chance of winning the race and I’m just pleased that the horse has proved himself. Shane gave him a marvellous ride, he has only ridden a handful of races here. He grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck. It is a huge day, I’m very proud of everyone. We have a huge team at home and I’m so proud of them.
It’s very special. This is what it is all about. We love the game, we are born and bred into the game. It is all we know. To have a big winner here is what we do it for.

He continued- “We thought that if we could get a lead in the race we had a really big chance to win, we got a really good start and after a furlong we were comfortable. The race was setting up and I think Shane got the fractions perfect, the horse was very genuine and very tough – which he always is. I’m very proud of both of them.
I was quite relaxed watching the race and it was going as I hoped it would, which does not happen very often in racing! A lot of work goes into training a winner and this is my first Royal Ascot winner, so it’s very special.”

Shane said: “For this horse at four years of age to be doing this, it’s just a delight to be a part of him. To be as good as he is and be a jockey’s dream, he does what you want and there’s no quirks about him.If he performs, he wins. When I turned in and I started picking up I had plenty of horse left so I thought something would have to chase me to beat me and nothing did. He’s won so well.”

State of Rest currently has entries in the following races:

CORAL-ECLIPSE (Group 1) (1) at Sandown Park on 02 July 2022

IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1) at Leopardstown on 10 September 2022


Brostaigh continues Joseph's winning ways in France

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Footstepsinthesand filly Brostaigh continued her winning ways over 5 furlongs when landing the Group 2 Prix Du Gros-Chene for Joseph and Dylan McMonagle. 
Again taking on and beating her elders here proving her Listed win in the Sole Power sprint stakes was no fluke. Giving her new owner Scott Heider the perfect start.

France again proving a happy hunting ground for Joseph and the team following the success this year with Above The Curve & State Of Rest

Dylan had Brostaigh always in the front two, pressed leader, she was hard ridden well over 1furlong out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out to win be ¾ length. 2nd place was Group 3 & Listed winner Air De Valse ,with Listed winner White Lavender back in 3rd.

Winning time:-Time: 58.59s

Dylan said:- "She’s a very straightforward filly and she took a big step forward from two to three. Stepping back to five furlongs was definitely the key to her as she’s got good gate speed, she travels well and stays a good strong five. I was happy to go along in front and just keep her comfortable for the first half. After halfway she kept going and put the rest of them to the sword, and inside the final furlong I knew it would take a good one to get past her.”

Brostaigh currently has no future entries.


Above The Curve too good in Group 1 company in France

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American Pharoah filly Above The Curve continued her improvement when landing the

Group 1 Prix Saint Alary on only her 4th race course start.

Ryan had her track the leader on the outside, she was shaken up under 3 furlongs out, she

ran on to lead 1 1/2f out, driven out to win by a length.

Winning time: 2m 6.25s ( was slow by 3.05s)

Ryan Moore said:- “She’s a lovely filly who is still learning, and the steady pace didn’t suit

her. She was a bit idle. She's a big scopey girl and still has a lot of potential, with more to come.

“She’s well balanced with a nice turn of foot. She stayed a mile and three at Chester and I think a strongly run 10 furlongs will be ideal for her.”

Hermine Bastide, representing sponsors and owners Coolmore, added: “She has entries in all the big fillies’ races including the Prix de Royallieu and the Prix de Diane, but her next race is likely to be the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.”

Above The Curve currently has entries in the following races:

  • RIBBLESDALE STAKES (Group 2) (1) at Ascot on 16 June 2022

  • ALWASMIYAH PRETTY POLLY STAKES (Group 1) at Curragh on 26 June 2022

  • JUDDMONTE IRISH OAKS (Group 1) at Curragh on 16 July 2022

  • IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1) at Leopardstown on 10 September 2022


Listed Stakes glory for Raise You

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Lope De Vega gelding Raise You won his 3rd race for Joseph when landing the Listed

Hanlon Concrete Orby Stakes from stable companion Okita Soushi.

Raise You was held up towards rear, he was well off the pace at halfway, made headway

traveling well early in the straight, led 1 ½ furlongs out and soon asserted, ridden and

kept on well inside final furlong to win by 3 ½ lengths.

Winning time: 2m 36.24s ( was slow by 3.24s).

Joseph said “The plan was to come here and get a nice start to the season.

I thought Shane gave him a lovely confident ride today and I'm delighted to get a stakes win under his belt.

Settling and going up in trip has probably been the making of him over his past couple of runs.

He's an enthusiastic worker at home and I was slow enough to go up in trip with him as he works with plenty of pace.

I hoped he'd achieve more by now but maybe the best is yet to come and since we've made the step up in trip and ridden him patiently, he has really come good.”

Raise You currently has entries in the following races:

  • COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST. LEGER (Group 1) at Curragh on 11 September 2022


Hannibal Barca wins the Group 3 Gallinule

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Zoffany colt Hannibal Barca wins the Group 3 Heider Family Stables Gallinule stakes on

his first start for Joseph.

He was towards the rear but was in touch with the leaders, made headway going okay on

outer 3 furlongs out, he pressed the leaders when pushed along 2 furlongs out, was ridden

over 1furlong out, he led and hung right inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish to

win by a length.

Winning time: 2m 9.94s ( was slow by 4.34s)

Joseph said "He was obviously a good two-year-old, we just had a little hold up so we ended up starting today. I'm delighted to get the season started off nicely with him. Thanks to Mick Donohoe for trusting me with him and hopefully he's a horse that can go forward from here.

I thought he did well because I thought it set up for the horses closer to the speed. Shane had to move out to get a clear run and I thought he gave him a good ride the way the race worked out tactically.

He hit the line well and I think it was a good enough performance. Coming here I wasn't sure how far we would be going but looking at the race you'd be going further rather than shorter.

When asked if he could take up his engagement in the Irish Derby he added, “He also has options in Ascot and I'd imagine it will be one or the other.”

Hannibal Barca currently has entries in the following races:

  • DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH DERBY (Group 1) at Curragh on 25 June 2022

  • IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1) at Leopardstown on 10 September 2022


Listed race success for Brostaigh 

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Footstepsinthesand filly Brostaigh proved a drop back in trip to 5 furlongs would prove no barrier to success when taking the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes under a lovely ride from Dylan McMonagle.

She chased leader in close lay 2nd, briefly raced alone on the far side, she soon edged across to centre of track, was ridden to challenge over 1 furlong out and improved to lead inside the final furlong, she drifted right but kept on well close home winning by 1 1/2 lengths.

Her winning time of  57.73 secs, was 2.27 secs faster than the course average on good ground.

Joseph said :- Her maidens have worked out pretty well and she had a really good run the last day in Cork. We were going to run in the Lacken but this race cut up and I thought we had a better chance of sneaking third here. She improved a bit more than I thought and probably improved for the drop back to five as well. She's a well-bred filly from a fast family. She'll run away in fillies sprints for the year but that's job done, a stakes winner.”

Brostaigh currently has no future entries.

Tranquil Lady wins the Blue Wind 

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Australia filly Tranquil Lady gave her dam more Group success when winning the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stks. Like her half brother State Of Rest before her she is keeping the flag flying for her breeders Tinnakill Bloodstock Ltd for the month of May.  In the process marking herself out as a Classic contender.

Dylan soon had the filly in touch, she lay 3rd halfway, travelled well to close 2 1/2 furlongs out, led over 2 furlongs out, she was then ridden over 1 furlong out, kept on well, easily, to win by 4 lengths. 
her winning time of 2m. 14.75 secs, was 2.77 secs faster than the course average on yielding to Soft going

Joseph said;- "We were hoping for a big run in Navan and we were disappointed. This was Plan B to come here, to be honest, but she came out of Navan well and we thought it was a suitable race. I was a bit worried about the ground and the owners' racing manager Richard Ryan convinced me to run her. I don't think she wants it too soft but she handled it well and Dylan gave her a lovely ride. We think she's a nice filly and she looked it today. I don't know why she didn't really fire in Navan, it wasn't a bad run and it was probably a good race but we were hoping for more and it's nice to see her doing it today." 

 Tranquil Lady has the following entries:- 

TATTERSALLS IRISH 1000 GUINEAS (Group 1) at Curragh on 22 May 2022

CAZOO OAKS (Group 1) (1) at Epsom Downs on 03 June 2022

RIBBLESDALE STAKES (Group 2) (1) at Ascot on 16 June 2022

ALWASMIYAH PRETTY POLLY STAKES (Group 1) at Curragh on 26 June 2022

JUDDMONTE IRISH OAKS (Group 1) at Curragh on 16 July 2022


Twilight Spinner wins Group 3 Coolmore Circus Maximus EBF Athasi Stks


Twilight Son filly Twilight Spinner gave Joseph and Shane Crosse the perfect end to a great 24 hours when landing the Group 3 Athasi Stakes on her 3rd start for Joseph. 

Shane held her up behind the leaders in centre group, she made progress 2 furlongs out, was ridden into 2nd 1 1/2 furlongs out,  she disputed the lead 1 furlong out, soon led, kept on strongly close home, comfortably winning by over 3 lengths. 

Joseph said: “It was a good performance. We were thinking of running her in the Greenlands but she has been shaping as though she was crying out to go up to seven furlongs. You would have to say that probably looks her trip now. She handled juice in the ground and it was very good to get a Group win as she was Group placed. Hopefully she can continue to progress. We could look at something like the Maurice de Gheest which is over six and a half and the Foret later in the year.”

Winning time  was 1m. 29.25 secs, which is 0.54 secs slower than the course average on the ground conditions. 

Twilight Spinner  currently has entries in the following races:-

WEATHERBYS IRELAND GREENLANDS STAKES (Group 2) at Curragh on 21 May 2022
PLATINUM JUBILEE STAKES (Group 1) (1) at Ascot on 18 June 2022


Buckaroo wins Listed Tetrarch Stakes 

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Fastnet Rock colt Buckaroo gave winning Group 1 jockey Shane Crosse another pattern success when landing the Listed  Coolmore Irish EBF Tetrarch Stakes 

tracked leaders early, held up after 2f, 5th halfway, smooth progress on outer 2f out, 2nd 1 1/2f out, pushed along to challenge 1f out, soon ridden to lead, quickened away closing stages

Joseph said: “I was really happy with that. I took a bit of a chance coming back to a mile but I thought he’d been working with plenty of pace, maybe more than I was giving him credit for in his earlier days. He looks like an Irish Guineas horse. He’s a big, strong, powerful horse and has quite a laidback attitude. I discussed it with Sheikh Fahad and we decided to come here and find out if he was a Guineas horse. I see him as more of an eight to be ten-furlong horse than a ten to be twelve-furlong horse. He seems to be versatile ground wise."

Winning time was 1m. 44.33 secs, which is 1.32 secs slower than the course average on the ground conditions. .

Buckaroo currently has entries in the following races:-

AMETHYST STAKES (Group 3) at Leopardstown on 08 May 2022
TATTERSALLS IRISH 2000 GUINEAS (Group 1) at Curragh on 21 May 2022
CAZOO DERBY (Group 1) (1) at Epsom Downs on 04 June 2022
ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES (Group 1) (1) at Ascot on 14 June 2022
KING EDWARD VII STAKES (Group 2) (1) at Ascot on 17 June 2022
DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH DERBY (Group 1) at Curragh on 25 June 2022


State Of Rest wins his 3rd top flight race 

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Starspangledbanner colt State Of Rest carried on where he left of at the end of 2021 when winning the Group 1 Prix Ganay on his first start as a 4 year old to get his new owners off to the best possible start. The Colt has now won 3 Group/Grade 1's in 3 different countries, America, Australia and now France. 

Raced in fourth on the outside, he was shaken up over 2 furlongs out, ran on, he led entering final furlong, kept on well winning by 3/4 of a length. 
winning time was 2m 8.46s  which was fast by 1.54s on Good To Soft

Joseph said “It was a great performance, Shane gave him a lovely ride. The race didn’t set up perfectly for him and he managed it very well, I’m delighted for everyone at home. To come here at the start of the season with a win in a Group One like the Ganay is very special, I’m very proud of everyone and I hope it’s the start of a good season ahead. He has a very good constitution, it’s not every horse you could campaign the way this lad has been campaigned. I think it’s a testament to the horse’s mind, his versatility and his constitution to travel as much as he has and keep performing. The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh is next on the agenda, with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot also pencilled in the diary come June. There’s a pretty obvious programme for 10-furlong Group One horses through the summer, the Tattersalls Gold Cup will be the most likely spot for him next and then we will take it from there. We’ll take it one race at a time, hopefully we can have a good season. I think he won’t go further, the Prix d’Ispahan is here over nine furlongs so we could come back for that, but I think it is more likely we would go to the Curragh.”

State Of Rest currently has entries in the following races:-
TATTERSALLS GOLD CUP (Group 1) at Curragh on 22 May 2022
QUEEN ANNE STAKES (Group 1) (1) at Ascot on 14 June 2022
PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES (Group 1) (1) at Ascot on 15 June 2022


Scarlet And Dove Beats her Cheltenham conqueror

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Jeremy mare Scarlet And Dove gives her Cheltenham conqueror Elimay a bloody nose when landing the Grade 2 Hanlon EBF Glencarraig Lady (M) S´chase  under a brilliant ride from Bryan Cooper.

at flag off she disputed, she led before the 2nd, she was joined again before the 5th, jumped left from 6th,  she led from the 8th,  made a mistake 3 out, ridden to assert after 2 out, easily winning by 15 lengths.

 Bryan  said: "It was class. I just got into a lovely rhythm, it's a jumping track. I suppose when you are on a forward-going horse and you are jumping, it is one of the best places you can be really. I'm delighted. I didn't want to go looking for a big one at the third last, I knew I had plenty left. She was quick to fiddle away. Funny, she usually goes right but maybe she was jumping out to Elimay a little bit today. She picked up well going to the second last and it was a fair performance.
She did everything right (in Cheltenham), got the split and I had a little look at the last that day and maybe it was the winning and losing but she was 25/1 that day and it was a cracking run. I'm delighted to ride a winner in these colours again. They have been very good to me and it is great to be here."

Joseph said: “She ran really well in Cheltenham where she missed the last two fences and was still close to Elimay. We weren’t sure we’d beat her today but thought we’d give her a good run for her money. Bryan gave our filly a great positive ride today. She jumped brilliant apart from the third last. I was delighted with that. I suppose winning a Grade 1 would be the main objective next season. She’s a Grade 2 winner and a big mare so there is no reason why she can’t be even better next year.”

Her winning time was 5m. 33.90 secs, which is 1.16 secs slower than the course average on good to yielding.

Scarlet And Dove currently has no future entries.