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More Of That To miss Newbury
More Of That To miss Newbury
More Of That will now head straight to Cheltenham, after being pulled out of his intended run at Newbury on Saturday. The Jonjo O’Neil star has won two from two since returning from injury, but will not be seen this weekend due to fears over the ground. More Of That won at Cheltenham in November and December, and O’Neil was hoping that he could get his 2014 World Hurdle winner out one last time before this year’s festival. Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, told At The Races " He won't be running on Saturday because of the ground. "We were hoping it would dry up a bit, but it's still soft, heavy in places on the chase track. He's in great form and Jonjo is very happy with him.” "We were hoping it might dry out to being soft, but when it's still heavy, we don't want to run.” "We'd have loved to get another run into him, but Jonjo isn't overly worried if he can't, and it looks like he'll probably go straight to Cheltenham now.” "We know he has a preference for nice ground."
More Of That ended Willie Mullins’ star mare Annie Power unbeaten record in 2014 when he beat the odds on favorite to land the Cheltenham World Hurdle. Sadly, More Of That was forced to miss the 2015 festival, and the chance to defend his title. More Of That was injured only a month before the festival when he ruptured a blood vessel while galloping. Now fit and healthy McManus and O’Neil will have to decide the right path for More Of That for the 2016 festival. With the World Hurdle again an option, O’Neil has hinted that his star asset could run in the feature race of the festival, “The Gold Cup is an option at the moment, but I will need to sit down with JP and chat through what we think is best.” O’Neil said.
Having missed the opportunity to race before the festival, due to ground conditions as O’Neil doesn’t want his star out on testing ground. The Gold Cup itself may be a bit ambitious at this time. More Of That Cheltenham record is second to none, having never lost there in four runs going back to December 2013. A huge price of 16/1 is on offer for More Of That to win the World Hurdle again; this seems an enormous price for a horse that has never been beaten at Cheltenham. At that price, I think it is a great each way bet. If the More Of That is in the same form as the back end of 2015, then he will have a major say, but he will have to beat the short priced Thistlecrack. Thistlecrack impressed at Cheltenham trails weekend, as he dominated the field from start to finish. After the bookies slashed Thistlecrack price fearing he looked the hot favorite for this year’s World Hurdle. Looking at the lineup this should be one of the races of the Festival.
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