Trainer Jonjo eyes stunning hat-trick with More Of That
More Of That can make it three wins for trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham today. Exotic Dancer and Johns Spirit have claimed the prize in the past and while More Of That has had his issues in a truncated career that has only seen him make the racecourse nine times, he remains an animal full of potential.
O'Neill has said More Of That is the best horse he has ever trained, which is some statement given the thoroughbreds that have been stabled at Jackdaws Castle.
His class was perhaps best evidenced at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014, when he claimed the not inconsiderable scalp of Annie Power in the World Hurdle over three miles.
Things have looked decidedly rosy, too, since thoughts turned to chasing.
Two novice chase victories at Cheltenham last year were enough to see him go off as favourite for the RSA Chase at this year's Festival.
But he never looked particularly happy with his lot along the run-in and was found to have broken a blood vessel in the aftermath of his third-placed finish behind Blaklion.
With the recent rainfall having arrived at precisely the right time, the BetVictor Gold Cup is a perfect first port of call for a horse who loves Cheltenham.
Should all go to plan, O'Neill and McManus can seriously begin to chart a route back to Prestbury Park for the Gold Cup next March.
Thistlecrack simply cannot be opposed in the mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase.
Colin Tizzard's eight-year-old looked an absolute natural on his fencing bow at Chepstow last month and can take within his stride this next small step along the ladder.
Who Dares Wins should be followed in the Martin & Co Jewellers Intermediate Handicap Hurdle.
Alan King's dual-purpose performer was good enough to run in the Triumph Hurdle last season and should be tough enough to handle the burden of top weight.
The manner in which he stayed on to finish a close fourth in a Grade Three at Chepstow on his return to hurdling has given King plenty to think about.
Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden combined to lift the stanjames.com Greatwood Handicap Hurdle last term and they can repeat the trick with Modus at Cheltenham tomorrow.
CHELTENHAM: 12.40 East Indies, 1.15 Thistlecrack, 1.50 Cogry, 2.25 MORE OF THAT (NAP), 3.00 Fingal Bay, 3.35 Who Dares Wins, 4.05 Ms Parfois.
LINGFIELD: 11.45 Good Omen, 12.15 Ritasun, 12.50 Gracious John, 1.25 Lunar Deity, 2.00 Grendisar, 2.35 La Fortuna, 3.10 Two In The Pink, 3.45 Rubis.
NAAS: 12.25 Long Way Back, 1.00 Koshari, 1.35 Prince Of Scars, 2.10 Wishmoor, 2.45 Black Ice, 3.20 Tongie, 3.55 Good To Flow.
UTTOXETER: 12.30 Champion Chase, 1.05 Above Board, 1.40 Roll The Dough, 2.15 Matchaway, 2.50 Newtown Lad, 3.25 Goal, 4.00 Benechenko.
WETHERBY: 12.20 La Bague Au Roi, 12.55 Blue Heron, 1.30 Rocklim, 2.05 Wells De Lune, 2.40 Monbeg Charmer, 3.15 Taper Tantrum, 3.50 Doubledisdoubledat.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Sliceoflife, 6.15 Gorgeous Noora, 6.45 Andrassy Avenue, 7.15 Golden Eye, 7.45 Hermann, 8.15 Just Isla, 8.45 Jessica Jo, 9.15 Zipedeedodah.
CHELTENHAM (tomorrow): 12.45 Ballyandy, 1.20 Three Stars, 1.55 Simonsig, 2.30 MODUS (NAP), 3.05 Lookslikenowtbrian, 3.40 Brahms De Clermont.
FONTWELL (tomorrow): 12.25 Magic Mustard, 1.00 Aerial, 1.35 Remiluc, 2.10 More Buck's, 2.45 Peak To Peak, 3.15 On The Road, 3.50 Tikkapick.
NAVAN (tomorrow): 12.35 Ainslie, 1.10 Le Martalin, 1.45 Shaneshill, 2.20 Wolfslair, 2.55 Tell Us More, 3.30 Martello Tower, 4.00 Banjo.