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The Jonjo O'Neill stable has not always fired this season but the trainer's horses usually peak at Cheltenham.

The Jonjo O'Neill stable has not always fired this season but the trainer's horses usually peak at Cheltenham.

He's struck at least once at every Festival since 2006 and at five this century he's enjoyed at least three winners.

Breaking down O'Neill's record this century by distance illustrates how he excels with stayers.

Revealingly, 18 of his 23 victories came in races over three miles or further and backing all his horses at such trips would show a £1 level-stake profit of £139.88.

O'Neill has a strong group of stayers again this year - despite the absence of defending champ More Of That from the World Hurdle - and he could run Holywell, which has won at the last two Festivals, and unexposed Shutthefrontdoor in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Irish Independent