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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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the big racewinners

Don't Push It

Don't Push It

John Smith's Grand National

2010

Synchronised

Synchronised

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase

2012

Tominator

Tominator

John Smith's Northumberland Plate

2013

More Of That

More Of That

Ladbrokes World Hurdle

2014

Shutthefrontdoor

Shutthefrontdoor

Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase

2014

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  • National Pair in Great Shape 02.04.16

    Jonjo is more than happy with the progress of his Crabbie's Grand National pair Holywell and Shutthefrontdoor as all roads lead to Aintree.   Jonjo famously won the race with Don't Push It in 2010, AP McCoy's first and only victory in the contest. The special moment is captured on the wall of the Owners' Suite at the world class training base and although the 20 times champion could not add to the montage on favourite Shutthefrontdoor in last year's renewal, he has another...

  • Jonjo in Festival Top Six 18.03.16

    Jonjo finished the Festival in joint sixth place in the Irish independent Leading Trainer table with one win, one second and one third.  Despite valiant efforts, Friday's seven contenders coud not add to the success achieved by Minella Rocco, Holywell and More Of That. Very sadly for the team at Jackdaws and owner JP McManus, Montdragon suffered a fatal injury, the second in the week following Rezorbi on Tuesday. 22 runners over the week gave owners plenty of excitement and the focus now...

  • Taquin best on Thursday 17.03.16

    Taquin Du Seuil's sixth place in the Ryanair Chase proved to be the best placing for Team Jackdaws on Thursday.  Folllowing jumping errors, Richie pulled up Johns Spirit and, after a moment of excitement when Patrick kicked Join The Clan into a three length lead, he faded out of the placings....

  • More Of That Third in RSA 16.03.16

    Jonjo reported that More Of That burst a blood vessel, possible a mile from home, before having to settle for third place in the RSA Chase. Hopes were high on the final turn when he was one of three in line but he lost momentum between the last two fences.  With the other contenders finishing out of the places, hopes of following up Tuesday's win will move forward to the team on Thursday....

  • Minella Strikes on Day One 15.03.16

    Jonjo was delighted when Minella Rocco gave him a sixth National Hunt Chase winner when brought smoothly from last to first by crack Irish amateur Derek O'Connor. "He's a massive big horse with a massive stride on him and you have to give him a bit of room [at a fence]. He [jockey Derek O'Connor] got him into a lovely rhythm, and he stays well. He's just a decent horse, isn't he?   "I'd say the ground is key to him - decent ground is a big plus. It's been quite soft here a few times over...

  • 30 Years Ago Today 13.03.16

    30 years ago today, Jonjo set out on what was to become his final day as a jockey at the Cheltenham Festival. Since the mare had parted company with Tony Mullins at the January meeting, Dawn Run's participation in the Gold Cup had become the most contentious aspect of the week.  Trainer, Paddy Mullins did not need to contribute much to the debate as Dawn Run's owner Charmain Hill would talk to anyone and had become as closely associated with the mare as any female owner since Dorothy Paget and...

  • Jonjo Reveals Festival Handicaps Team 03.03.16

    The Festival Handicaps have proved a happy hunting ground for Jonjo and Taquin Du Seuil looks likely to head the team with 11.10 allotted for the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate on Thursday.  Johns Spirit (10.12), Eastlake (10.10) and The Saint James (10.09) also have entries. Holywell is set to carry 11.02 in the Ultima Handicap Chase on Tuesday, the race he won two years ago. Beg To Differ (10.06) and Upswing (10.02) could be heading for that or the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir...

  • Jonjo happy with National weights 16.02.16

    Jonjo reacts to Holywell being allotted 10s 12lb and Shutthefrontdoor a pound less for this year's Crabbie's Grand National on April 9th. "I'm happy enough with both horses. They both need decent ground and they are two nice runners to have in the race. Shutthefrontdoor is in at the weekend and if it dries up enough we will run him and Holywell will probably go to Cheltenham I'd say for the race he won before. "Obviously if you are a jockey you would rather ride Shutthefrontdoor as he...

  • AP AWARDED KNIGHTHOOD 31.12.15

    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...

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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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