Emerging dual-purpose trainer Ronan McNally has confirmed his ownership of a number of horses trained by David Dunne, including All Class and Full Noise, which have landed significant handicap gambles in recent months.
McNally rose to prominence last season when Dreal Deal notched a six-timer by scoring in a Grade Two at Punchestown in January, two months after the Armagh trainer prepared The Jam Man to hack up in the Troytown Chase.
It had been touted that McNally had a part to play in the Dunne gambles and those reports were verified as he outlined his ownership, and lessor, of a trio of horses (All Class, Full Noise and Petrol Head) which are under the care of the Meath trainer.
“I have a restricted licence and haven’t the scope to train many horses. When I bought those few young horses, I actually couldn’t train them myself because I was restricted. I have applied for my full licence, which I haven’t just got yet,” McNally revealed yesterday .
McNally has “no great plans” to train the Dunne horses himself in the immediate future as he continues to combine his equine “hobby” with his Krafty Kitchens & Bedrooms business.
He also revealed that an entry for Dreal Deal in the Group One Irish St Leger was purely speculative – “It was for the craic and there’s no major plan” – with a switch to fences on the horizon next season.
“He is still out in the field and I’d say he’ll probably go jumping. I’ll hope to give him a couple of runs on the Flat at the tail end of the Flat season and I’ll go over fences, I’d imagine. He was second in a four-year-old maiden point-to-point and will have no bother, and was made to jump a fence,” McNally said.