A Groom's Life with Jo Collinson. Read more here....
Racing Post Stable Tour
AFTER a summer to savour Jonjo O’Neill heads into the core jumping season in pole position in the trainers’ table with 87 winners on the board, more than £590,000 in prize-money in the bank and a number of potentially smart young horses ready to maintain the momentum.
The Jackdaws Castle trainer says: “We did very well over the spring and summer and everyone involved with the yard could not be more pleased as it means all the hard work and dedication that goes with that success proved really...
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Start of Autumn
On the 22nd of September at Uttoxeter, Whistling Senator ran in the three mile Novices’ Handicap Chase, having won his previous three starts this summer over fences. The six-year-old did nothing wrong in finishing a good second under A.P McCoy.
Having been disappointing over hurdles, The Nephew, owned by Gay Smith, made his second start over fences, a winning one. Richie McLernon held him up and stalked the leaders – only taking up the lead in the last thirty yards to win by 1¾ lengths.
Maurice Loves Life at Jackdaws
Maurice Linehan is relishing life at Jackdaws Castle under the guiding hand of Jonjo O'Neill.
The 22-year-old has proved himself one of the most promising young jockeys in the country as part of the strong team of riders at the Gold Cup and Grand National-winning stable.
Linehan said O'Neill had provided strong support while he was sidelined for five months through injury and spent time recuperating at renowned rehab centre Oaksey House.
"My first ride back was Finger Onthe Pulse in the...
Momentum Continues into August
On the 13th of August, at a sunny Worcester, Tarvini finished a pleasing third in the 2 mile, seven furlong Handicap Hurdle. Again ridden by conditional James Huxham, Tarvini ran very well but the slow pace didn’t suit him.
Temple Lord, who has been running well all summer, without getting his head in front, won the two mile chase by half a length under what should be the ride of the season from AP. Temple Lord was last most of the race, off a strong pace, and looked like he was going to be...
July Brings More Winners
At Worcester, on July 26th, Mission Complete finished an unlucky second under Maurice Linehan in the handicap hurdle. They got hampered at the last and could not quite get up to win, only to be beaten by a neck.
At a very sunny Stratford on August 1st, the grey Dreamsoftheatre justified favouritism to win the two mile novices hurdle by 2¼ lengths, partnered again by Maurice Linehan. The five-year-old had won his previous start at Newton Abbot and stayed onto win over this shorter trip just as...
On the 8th of July, Another Hero continued his faultless form by winning first time over hurdles, partnered by A.P McCoy. He had previously won two bumpers, and won this hurdling debut at Newton Abbot by an easy eight lengths.
Madeira Girl, on July 9th, finished third on the All-weather at Southwell, only beaten 2¾ lengths for owners, the Jonjo O’Neill Racing Club; ridden by George Baker.
On the same day, over jumps at Uttoxeter, On The Off Chance came second under A.P McCoy, also...
NINE years after coming from the unlikeliest of positions to land the Grand National, Graham Lee did something similar to underline his reputation as a go-to jockey in a top Flat race and land the biggest victory of his new career.
He did an Amberleigh House to come from off the pace on Tominator, who scored a poignant victory in the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate – a race the stayer had won two seasons ago when trained by Reg Hollinshead, who died last month.
Lee, already renowned for his...