Fairyhouse Tue, 12th Nov, 2019
Ronald Pump Obviously he won here in his last handicap hurdle off 136 and went up to 145. We could have gone for an easier beginners chase but we said we'd see how good he was. I told Adam to go out there and be confident on him because I think he's a right good horse. He switched off lovely there today and when Adam asked him he just quickened. I'm delighted with it. He's won on better ground all last year, he's versatile and will go on any sort of ground. He's a proper little horse. He jumped brilliant and travelled away lovely. Obviously Bapaume is a serious horse and you couldn't be coming here mad confident. I was hopeful and I'm not overly shocked to be honest. We could look at a good race now for him. Today we just wanted to get around safely and enough it. We could look at three miles as the further the better for him. He's an out and out stayer. If this was run yesterday I probably would have entered him for the Grade 2 on Sunday but because it was today I was thinking if I had entered him and he'd flopped I'd look silly. There is no panic with him. I think he's a nice horse and he did that nicely anyway. It's great that he switched off well enough there today as he was a bit keen last year but he's grown up a bit.