1. What was your highlight of 2016?
Winning the Grand National.
2. If you could change anything about the last twelve months, what would it be?
Honestly, nothing at all. It has been a fantastic year where I have won some great races and hopefully I can keep improving in 2017.
3. What was your favourite horse of 2016?
RULE THE WORLD
4. What was your favourite horse that you haven’t ridden and why?
THISTLECRACK or FAUGHEEN. They are a different class and are two horses who are in a league of their own.
5. Which young jockey has really caught your eye in 2016?
Finny Maguire. He's a good lad who has been winning over the bumpers on horses he shouldn't be winning on. He isn't riding for any of the big super powers in the sport either, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him turn professional.
6. What was the most breath taking performance you have seen in 2016?
Faugheen in the Irish Champion Hurdle. He was class.
7. What was your lowest point in the last year?
I try not to get too low, but I'd probably say when they retired RULE THE WORLD - I'll be struggling for a ride next year!
8. Are you doing anything differently to this time last year, on or off the track, to improve your performance?
Nothing has changed. I have always tried to continue improving and to work as hard as I can on and off the track. As long as I continue to do this, then hopefully the results will follow.
9. What would you change about Irish racing?
I'd say Irish Racing is fairly stable to be honest, although I would like the prize money to go up. The prize money at Leopardstown last week was fairly average for such a big festival.
10. You’ve enjoyed some success in England this year, most recently for Nicky Henderson at Ascot. How does racing in England compare to its Irish counterpart?
I'd say it is probably easier over there. There are good trainers and jockeys who are spread out a lot more, so it's much more squared out. Form is much harder to connect to trainers as they are all brilliant. In Ireland, there are a only a select few who will generally get the winners.
11. Would you ever consider a career in England in the future?
Of course I would consider it - who wouldn't?
12. You have ridden plenty of winners for Gigginstown this season - which young horse has really impressed you recently?
SUB LIEUTENANT. He nicked the last at Punchestown in the John Durkan Memorial and I think if he'd have jumped that, he'd have won the race.
13. At the turn of the year last season you had only recently ridden out your claim, did 2016 go a lot better than expected?
All went well this year and winning the Grand National was obviously a very special moment, but I always work as hard as as I can, and I think if you work hard, then the results will come.
14. Do you think you have ridden a 2017 Cheltenham Festival winner this season?
Yes - but I am not sure exactly who, as there are a number of rides I've had that are capable of winning in March. I'd love to ride SUB LIEUTENANT at the festival, but we're still a few months off yet and there's lots to do between now and Cheltenham.
15. Aspirations for 2017?
Keep improving, try to get as many winners as possible and I suppose getting a Cheltenham winner would be my main target.