Jonjo upbeat on More Of That
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill feels More Of That showed enough in his Irish Gold Cup run at Leopardstown to warrant a tilt at next month's Cheltenham version.
The eight-year-old won the Stayers' Hurdle at the festival in 2014 but his career has been on a downward trajectory since he finished a disappointing third in the RSA Chase last March having been sent off favourite to win.
His first three runs this season were all unsatisfactory and led to More Of That being entered in a Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham Trials Day last month, connections seemingly unsure if he could come back to his best in elite company.
He didn't run in the Cross Country as it turned out and was instead pitched into the Leopardstown Grade One. More Of That was running a nice race and looked to hold every chance of finishing in the first three only to unseat Mark Walsh at the final fence.
He is a 12/1 shot to win next month's Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Jackdaws Castle handler feels that is now a realistic target to aim at.
"He showed a bit of his old enthusiasm which was nice. While it is easy to say he could have done this or that it was just nice to see him there with a chance," O'Neill told Racing UK.
"We think he probably would have been placed at best but if you told me yesterday morning he was going to do that I would have been thrilled to bits.
"The way he travelled through the race and the zest he had we've not seen for a while so it was nice to see that.
"I would be delighted to have a go at it (Gold Cup) but I will have to talk to Frank (Berry, racing manager for JP McManus) and everyone else first as nothing has been discussed yet."
After his Leopardstown success, Sizing John is 7/1 to give trainer Jessica Harrington a Gold Cup victory while Don Poli, third in the Blue Ribband last March, is trading at 999/1.
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