AP AWARDED KNIGHTHOOD
Jonjo spoke on behalf of the entire Jackdaws family when paying tribute to AP's award of a knighthood in the New Year's Honours.
"I'm absolutely delighted. Arise Sir Anthony - that's
brilliant! Richly deserved recognition of his extraordinary career
which places him up there, for ever, with the sporting greats.
Since he retired in April, the magnitude of AP's achievement of winning
20 consecutive championships has astounded the wider sporting
community. He will rightly...
Jackdaws Team Regain Best Turned Out Title
Jonjo O'Neill's team of stable staff won the 2015 EPDS Racing and Racing Welfare Best Turned Out series title.
After a highly competitive year of Best Turned Out competitions which
took place across the UK; from Taunton in the South to Perth in the
North and Fakenham in the East; It was the team from Jonjo O'Neill's
Jackdaws Castle that were crowned the EPDS Racing and Racing Welfare
Best Turned Out Series winners of 2015.
The Best Turned Out series, sponsored by EPDS Racing for the...
News on Taquin and Rocco
Jonjo has news of Taquin Du Seuil, not
seen since disappointing in the Ryanair Chase at last season's
The eight-year-old is a previous winner at
the big March meeting, having landed the 2014 JLT Novices' Chase, and
has had operation to insert a screw into his cannon bone since his last
"He has been operated on and he is good. He has been on the walker for a week and has been swimming as well to help get him fit. He is not a horse that takes a lot of work as he is a...
Shutthefrontdoor Aims For Aintree Return
Jonjo shares plans for Shutthefrontdoor to return to Aintree in April.
Giving AP McCoy a fairytale ending to his career proved just beyond
the eight-year-old, who faded into fifth behind Many Clouds after
travelling supremely well for most of the race. He made a pleasing
reappearance over hurdles at Aintree last month and his trainer is
targeting a return to Merseyside next spring.
"The main aim will
be to go back for the Grand National. I was a bit disappointed to be
honest last year, but...
Upswing Targets Coral Welsh National
Jonjo discusses plans for Upswing to succeed Mini Sensation and Synchronised with a tilt at the Coral Welsh `National on December 27th.
The seven-year-old was well-beaten on his return to action at Worcester
in September, but after getting off the mark for the campaign at the
same venue the following month, he ran a fine race in defeat when
touched off by Sausalito Sunrise in a Grade Three staying handicap last
time out at Cheltenham.
He is prominent in the ante-post lists
More Of That - in March
More Of That further enhanced his chasing credentials with an impressive win at Cheltenham on Saturday. Although faced with just the two opponents, the once-beaten 2014
Ladbrokes World Hurdle hero was forced to get relatively serious in
order to back up his debut success last month.
strides with Sametegal for much of the two-mile-five-furlong prize it
was only after the third-last where the winner started to assert. Despite
measuring the final two fences well, the 1-3 favourite...
Being AP - An evening to remember
Last night, Team Jackdaws enjoyed a much deserved staff outing to the premier of Being AP at the impressive Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.
At the end of evening stables everyone was grateful to receive a large drink for a quick turnover to board the bus. To no surprise, the girls all sat waiting as the lads made finishing touches to their hair and outfits! The movie was a great opportunity for all the staff to spot themselves in the limelight, but also relive some fantastic moments shared with AP...
More Of That Shines At The Open
was high at Jackdaws Castle as The Open arrived at Cheltenham
Racecourse with a weekend full of great racing. Friday saw a successful
return of yard favourite More Of That, making his chasing debut, after
over 300 days off the track and bringing up our 50th winner of the
season. Jonjo added "It
was lovely to see what he did today. He did everything he was doing at
home, he did it on the track and you never know until you come here."
was a little...
RACING POST GUIDE PICKS 15 TO FOLLOW
With over 120 horses stabled at Jackdaws, everyone following
Jonjo’s fortunes will have their own favourites going into the heart of the
season. The Racing Post’s Guide to the Jumps talked with Jonjo about 15 horses to
keep an eye on.
SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR needs no introduction. He carried the hopes
of AP and the nation in April’s Crabbies Grand National, threatening to deliver
that dream before finishing fifth. “He didn’t quite get the trip in the
National, so we’ll be looking...
Harriet Bond Selects Six for the New Season
Harriet Bond, 23 year old daughter of Peter and Anne Bond told Gloucestershire Echo's Melissa Jones how much she admires the way Jonjo approaches the challenge of finding new recruits from the sales.
"We used to live in Aberdeen and had horses with Richard Fahey. My gran Billie Bond owned Scottish National winner Belmont King. Moving here, having horses with Jonjo was the obvious choice. If something comes in and its average he will tell you, he won't let people pay for training for...