Jonjo on AP - The Guardian BIG Interview
Jonjo opened up in unprecedented, colourful style when The Guardian's Donald McRae paid a visit to Jackdaws at the beginning of April for his Big Interview under the heading "AP McCoy can go out with a Grand National win".
“We all want it to be a fairytale and they don’t happen often,” Jonjo O’Neill says as the last days of AP McCoy’s racing career hurtle
towards the end with the hope he might win the Grand National on
Saturday and bow out of an unforgiving sport amid bliss and...
Jonjo looks forward to the Crabbie's Grand
"Excitement in the yard is growing as we carefully prepare our big hope Shutthefrontdoor for the Crabbie’s Grand National on April 11.
We were thrilled to host a large posse of reporters, photographers and television crews on a big media day on Wednesday for lots of interviews and pictures ahead of the world-famous race at Aintree.
Naturally, Shutthefrontdoor is attracting plenty of attention not only because he has a good chance but because he will be AP McCoy’s final ride in the National before...
Jonjo reacts to Grand National weights
Last season's Irish Grand National hero, Shutthefrontdoor, appears a likely last ride
for 19-times champion jockey Tony McCoy in The Crabbie's Grand National, in
which he is set to shoulder 11st 2lb in the initial handicap.
"It is probably a fair weight he has been given. We would like a bit less but that is what he has got to carry. He is a much better horse on flatter tracks and he likes good ground. I think everything will suit him. He was all out to win the Irish National, but he was well...
Jonjo Reacts to AP's Announcement
Jonjo is looking forward to getting the very best out of his relationship with AP before Jump racing's greatest ever jockey retires in April with the Festival and Aintree high on the agenda.
“He’s brilliant, he’s strong, fit, committed and he’s a very fair rider. You’d never see him cutting anyone up. He doesn’t have an ego and is grounded. He knows his job and does it right. Above all that he’s a really nice guy, a great
fella. We have a great relationship, he’ll come...
Jonjo Receives President's Award
At the Horserace Writers and Photographers Associaton Derby Awards Luncheon in London on Monday, Jonjo received the President's Award, which includes Lord Oaksey, JT McNamara, AP McCoy, Frankel and BBC Racing as former winners.
Steven Cargill, HWPA President read the following citation,
"I grew up at a time when 'Go on Jonjo!' was a heartfelt refrain, whether with the family watching televised racing on a cold winter Saturday, or surrounded by sheepskin wearing racegoers in the...
Jonjo and Richie look forward to The Paddy
John's Spirit and Richie McLernon are aiming for second success in Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham
Richie McLernon enjoyed his biggest success on John's Spirit in last year's Paddy Power Gold Cup and the 28-year-old is aiming to win the £160,000 Grade Three handicap chase for the second successive year this Saturday, November 15.
Speaking at a media event organised by Cheltenham Racecourse at Jackdaws Castle today, McLernon said: "Johns Spirit is better for knowing....
Jonjo Looks Forward with The Guardian
Jono O’Neill’s two potential Gold Cup contenders could take
each other on in the Betfair Chase at Haydock this month, both having
run with credit in defeat over the weekend. Taquin Du Seuil has been
committed to the race by his trainer while Holywell is also a
possibility for the race.
“I was happy enough with him,” O’Neill said on Monday of
Taquin Du Seuil, who ran on dourly to be second behind Menorah in
Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase. “He could have done with softer ground
but at least...
FOUR FROM FOUR AT WETHERBY - 50 UP!
Jonjo was trawling through his memory to recall when he last sent four
horses to the races, all four won, ridden by four different jockeys.
That's what happened on Wednesday when AP arrived on the back of a
treble and sensing more of the same. He started the ball rolling with
Goodwood Mirage, narrowly holding on to win by a neck from the man who
had driven Jonjo to the races, recently recruited amateur Harry
That brought up AP's 150 winners for the season -...
More Of That News
Jonjo has announced today that "We have decided More Of That will stay hurdling this season, we are hoping for another good season with him."...
Fastest 100 for AP and That's Just the Start
When Jonjo rode Sweet Milly to win at Haydock and break Fred Winter's record to the fastest 100, the date was 8th February. That was back in 1978 and the record had been Fred Winter's since 1953. Jonjo's next target was to pass Ron Barry's season record of 125 with media talk of an unimaginable 150. He closed the season on 149, a record that stood for 11 years until Peter Scudamore posted 221.
AP McCoy's achievement of clocking up 100 winners on 21st August keeps him on track...