Thurles Sat, 21st Mar, 2020
Well Joey I thought he had a place chance today but thought maybe the handicapper had a hold of him. He won three for us and went up a good slap for those few wins. Then we ran him a couple of times over hurdles thinking he was well handicapped but he's just obviously a better chaser. I had said to Darragh to drop in about fourth or fifth, he thought there was going to be plenty of pace but then at the start no-one wanted to go on so he took the bull by the horns and let him roll on rather than disappointing him by trying to hold him up. At the end of the day you have to leave it to the jockey once he's out there. Trip and probably better ground than he's been running on made a difference. He's probably more of a spring horse or maybe better ground again.
Gowran Park Sat, 7th Mar, 2020
The Long Mile That was great, I'm delighted. He just does enough and that was a step up today. He's a way better chaser than a hurdler anyway. He'll have no bother going up in trip and should get distance anyway. We'll see what Frank (Berry) says now and look for something similar to that. Hopefully he keeps progressing. I'd say he's a winter horse. He's a very laid back horse, he just goes around and does enough. When Luke got after him he pulled out a little bit more but still my heart was in my mouth a bit at the last when he met it wrong.
Gowran Park Sat, 15th Feb, 2020
The Long Mile that was great. He's an idle type of a lad and he's never going to be too flash. He jumped better today in testing conditions so we're happy. Luke said he thought he was always happy enough in the ground. We'll talk to Frank (Berry, J.P. McManus' racing manager) but I suppose he'll go for something similar, and stay in novice company. He's a better chaser than a hurdler. He's a big horse and I'd say he grew into himself too.