Sunday 4 December 2016

More Of That the one to beat at Cheltenham, says Jonjo O'Neill

Published 17/02/2016 | 11:01

Jonjo O'Neill
Jonjo O'Neill

Jonjo O'Neill feels a peak-form More Of That is the one to beat in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

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The Jackdaws Castle trainer admits he was tempted to enter the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old for the Timico Gold Cup but is happy to wait another season to have a crack at the blue riband.

More Of That, winner of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in 2014, has won both of his two starts over fences at Cheltenham and O'Neill is just hoping for decent ground come March 16.

"I'd have loved to have entered him for the Gold Cup but I suppose we are going down the right novice route and hopefully next year he can go back there (to Cheltenham), all being well," O'Neill told At The Races.

"If he can't win the novice race, he wouldn't win the Gold Cup so I have no regrets, really.

"I'm looking forward to him going and the ground drying up a little bit.

"He seems in great form at home. I would have loved to have run him at Newbury the other day but he is a better horse on good ground and he doesn't mind being fresh so he'll go there with a live chance.

"He's in great form. We're very happy with him.

"I'm very pleased with the horse. If he turns up there in the same form he did the other day, I don't see anything beating him."

More Of That is around 4-1 second favourite for the RSA behind the Gordon Elliott-trained 5-2 market leader No More Heroes.

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