one of the most successful racehorse trainers

Jonjo O’Neill continues to enjoy one of the most successful careers in horseracing. As both jockey and trainer he has reached virtually every height this great sport has to offer, along the way overcoming adversity, including beating cancer. Through all of this, his love of horseracing, his affinity with horses and thirst for success has never changed.

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    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 28.12.15

    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 15.12.15

    Jonjo has news of Taquin Du Seuil, not seen since disappointing in the Ryanair Chase at last season's Cheltenham Festival. 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 run. "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 15.12.15

    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 15.12.15

    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 for the...

  • More Of That - in March 13.12.15

    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. Matching 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 24.11.15

    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 16.11.15

    Anticipation 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."   Saturday was a little...


    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 29.08.15

    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...

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  • " Jackdaws Castle is without doubt one of Europe’s premier training establishments, you really do have to see it to believe it. The facilities are absolutely second to none. Jonjo has a natural gift with horses. He understands their every need and places them to perfection, which makes my job a lot easier. All in all, Jonjo is passionate but realistic; honest and a straight-talking person. He is a top class trainer and a lot of fun. I would call him a true racing legend and a great friend."

    AP McCoy

  • " What can I say about Jonjo O’Neill after all the success I have had as the owner of Albertas Run – a horse I bought for £15k at the sales and which was brought along with patience and great care by the team at Jackdaws. Both Jonjo and AP have a clear empathy with the horse. I love the banter; I love the fun – and his wife is good looking too! All in all an excellent trainer and a fantastic place."

    Trevor Hemmings

  • " Jonjo is a racing legend; an outstanding person who remains as committed to racing as he was when breaking records as champion jockey in the ‘seventies. I’ve had horses with him for nearly twenty five years and, whether you are J P McManus or a small shareholder in a large syndicate, he’s always the same – genuine, consistent and hugely competitive."

    Jim McGrath

  • " Jonjo and Jacqui and the whole team at Jackdaws Castle encapsulate everything that is good and enjoyable about National Hunt racing. Every owner, whoever he or she may be, is looked after individually and is treated with the utmost professionalism and reality, with a great deal of fun mixed in too. To put it bluntly, being involved with Jonjo and the whole team at Jackdaws, really makes owning a racehorse a worthwhile and pleasurable pastime."

    Jeremy Hitchins

  • " The facilities provided at Jackdaws Castle are of the highest quality, and with the expertise of Jonjo, Jacqui and their excellent team, the horses have the best environment possible. We are always kept fully informed with up to date progress reports. A visit to Jackdaws to see the horses on the wonderful gallops makes for a thoroughly enjoyable morning – with hospitality to match! Good luck for this season to all the owners."

    Bensaranat Syndicate

  • " Jonjo and Jacqui represent all that’s great about National Hunt racing – a combination of a thoroughly professional yard and an ability to treat even new owners like old friends."

    Sir Martin Broughton

  • " Jonjo O’Neill is not just a very special man, he is a special trainer too. To visit him and the team at Jackdaws Castle has been one of the pleasures of a lifetime. Mind you, he has lived at least three lives already!"

    Brough Scott

  • " Jonjo, Jacqui and Jackdaws define jumping, jollity and (sometimes) jam!"

    Nicholas and Cherry Jones

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