A: To be a pilot or jockey. I was lucky to get the chance to achieve one of them.
A: I had pictures of jockey Alan Munro winning the English and Irish Derby in 1991 on ‘Generous’ on my wall.
He rode with a new ‘American’ style and it was just different to other jockeys of that time and has become the normal way of race riding nowadays.
A: My dad, Frank, he was a jockey and trainer himself and always has good advice when needed.
A: Reading a book. The places reading can bring you, no matter where you are, is a great escape. I love books by Ian Rankin, John Connolly, Don Winslow.
A: My family were into racing through my dad riding and training and I just loved the whole thing.
A: Khayrawani. Even though I ended up been a Flat jockey, riding him to win at Cheltenham Festival in the 1999 Coral Hurdle was a big step up for my career at 18 years of age.
A: Osterhase, trained by the late John Mulhern on the Curragh. I had some great days on him, he was champion sprinter in Ireland for several years and had a huge personality of his own, I was only a passenger.
A: The Curragh, March 1996 — I was only 15, still in school and studying for my Junior Cert. I was watching my weight all week to take the ride and It was over before I knew it...!
There was a stall malfunction that meant it was a flag start for a six-furlong race.
I got left well behind and came home in my own time but at least I had a feel for the whole thing from the weigh room, race prelims and we were away...
A: I found that you are always learning. Initially it takes a season to get the basics, then it develops, and things begin to slow down, and you can react and adapt quicker, when you travel abroad you pick up different methods as well.
A: Loughmouge was my first ride on the track and she provided me with my first winner at Navan on the May Bank Holiday Monday, 1996.
It was some thrill and took a while to sink in, especially as it took me another 11 months to ride my second winner.
I was held up near the rear of the field early on and she quickened up to lead in the last 100m. Trained by my dad and owned by my mum, it was a good day. I was back in school in Kilcullen the next day though.
A: Winning the American Jockey Club Stakes on Danon Ballade at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan in January 2014.
Riding in Japan was a big part of my career and this success was my biggest win over there and came on the back of a tough year with injuries.
A: The Curragh which is my home track — the finest track there is. The major revamp has huge potential make it truly great.
A: Pilot. Top Gun being the inspiration.
A: Sea The Stars — the best Irish Flat horse I have seen.
A: It changed over time and as I got older, I probably learnt to handle it better by relying on my
experiences and trying to cover all the angles.
A: Preparation for me was everything in getting it right, having your form done, making a game plan, control as much as you can.
A: Chasing the dream was always the motivation, when you are pounding the treadmill in a sweat suit trying to lose weight in the morning there was nothing like the thought of a big win or a nice horse coming through to help.
A: It was never easy, but I suppose with experience you do get some perspective on it and try and get through it.
A: Not a fine moment by any means but extremely memorable. I was at the infamous Ireland v England game at Lansdowne road in 1995 which was called off due to a riot and we were
sitting about 20 metres away from the action when it kicked off.
A: Better Call Saul, A Breaking Bad spin-off. I’m five seasons in now, it just gets better and better.
A:— The War on Drugs; — The National; — Oasis.
A: Albert Reynolds. I was lucky enough to meet him on several occasions and he told the story one day of some of his trips to Belfast to meet the various factions ahead of reaching the Good Friday agreement and it was eye opener.
A: Pepperoni Pizza and ice-cold beer on warm evening.
A: Khoa Lak in Thailand. Beautiful, very natural, and not as commercial as Phuket.
A: Personally, to stay healthy and well. Professionally, to keep improving my new role broadcasting with Racing TV and The Sporting Life and to pick the winners of all eight races at Dundalk some night!
A: A mixture of enjoying the time with our two young kids and catching up on all the jobs I have around the house along with some prep work for when racing does restart, plenty of reading, and TV in the evenings.
A: Follow the Government advice to get through it as quickly as possible, exercise if possible, daily, my 30-minute brisk walk in the mornings has been great on setting me up for the day.