To be a farmer which changed to include being a racehorse trainer in my teens.
Muhammad Ali. In 1965 my father and I got up in the early hours of the morning to hear the fight between Cassius Clay (Ali had not yet changed his name from Cassius Clay) and Sonny Liston which Ali/Clay won with a first-round knockout. I loved boxing ever since. I have a Munster light heavyweight title myself from the seventies.
I have had a few over the years but unfortunately, they have all passed on.
Our conservatory at home.
My parents – my mother brought me to the riding school in Clonmel and my dad brought his first broodmare in 1956 off Gita Weld (Dermot Weld’s mother) called ‘Little Sweetheart’. I subsequently named a horse ‘Little Sweetheart’ after that first thoroughbred mare my dad bought.
Virginia Deer. He was second horse ever in my yard and was my first winner under my full licence at the Curragh on May 22nd, 1982. He went on to win three more races that season, including the Group 3 Curragh Stakes on Irish Oaks Day.
Designs On Rome. We bought him at Goffs, a beautifully bred horse by Moyglare Stud in Kildare. He ran in my wife’s colours and won as a two-year-old and came second to Dawn Approach in Group 1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes at the Curragh in 2012. If the race was a furlong longer the result might have been reversed. We sold him to Hong Kong and John Moore trained him. He won a lot of Group 1 races out there. My son Mark and I (pictured) went out to the Hong Kong Derby 2014 and it was brilliant to be there to see him win such a prestigious race. He was a serious machine of a horse and I knew the minute I saw him in the sales ring that he was something special.
It was at Clonmel Racecourse in October 1981 with Cheap Display ridden by Kevin O’Brien. Walking back to the parade ring I couldn't feel my legs. It was like walking on air.
Winning the 1998 Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham with French Ballerina - the only filly in a 30-runner field.
Zenyatta – ultra consistent and so tough.
Maudie’s Pub in Rathgormack two evenings per week plus some gardening.
Be in bed by 9pm - a few early nights always helps!
I just seem to be motivated most of the time.
By telling myself ‘this too shall pass’.
The 1978 All-Ireland football final between Kerry and Dublin when Mikey Sheedy tapped the ball over Paddy Cullen's head into the net from a quick free.
A: Support your local sheriff. I love a good western!
: Choc Ices. If I open a box of them, I end up eating the lot!
Waterford my Hometown - Mattie Weldon; Que Sera Sera - Doris Day; I Want To Break Free - Queen.
Barack Obama. The fact that he overcame his background to become the President of America. He comes across as a genuinely nice person.
A: Fillet steak with the best sauce ‘hunger’.
: Playa de las Américas, Tenerife.
To train a Group 1 winner on the Flat.
: The lakes on the Commeragh Mountains.
I always think of a day in 1969 when Val Doonican, a famous son of Waterford and past pupil of De La Salle College in Waterford, visited the college and asked the brothers to give us the rest of the day off. I have always associated Waterford with Val Doonican. We were so young, we thought he was a superstar.
We are working away as usual with the horses and we are doing everything recommended including staying well apart, washing our hands and all the tack and equipment.
'This too shall pass.'
Enjoy every day and treat everybody with respect because the years go by very, very fast.
‘When the boys have money, they think they are men. When the money is gone, they are boys again’.