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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  • We survived Ophelia 18.10.17

    The horses at Chepstow, over the weekend, ran well with Fleminport showing promise in the novice hurdle on Saturday, It’s A Gimme again running a genuine race finishing third in the veterans chase and Khage and Dazzling Oscar showing promise in the two divisions of the bumper. We had a good day at Worcester yesterday, having moved venue from Hereford due to the going, Above Board smoothly winning his first chase under Barry Geraghty, followed by Sky Pirate winning his first start over hurdles...

  • Thank Goodness it’s Friday (the 13th!!) 13.10.17

    On the flat at Catterick, Desert Cross ran another genuine race, finishing second and across at Leicester, Minotaur was fourth in the valuable handicap. On Wednesday at Ludlow, Mont Royale ran another good race, finishing fourth in the big race of the day much to the delight of his syndicate, Phil Tufnell Racing Club and Mad Jack Mytton was third in the novice chase. On Thursday at Worcester Global Citizen won his bumper impressively for the Megson Family who were all in attendance and State...

  • The winners keep coming 09.10.17

    On Friday, Go Conquer started his season with an emphatic jumping display around Fontwell, leading all the way to win the valuable handicap chase, and we hope it’s a kick-start to a very successful season for him. On Saturday we travelled down to Fontwell again, with just the one runner, Django Django who showed promise, finishing fourth in a good bumper – which bodes well for his future career over hurdles. On Sunday, our good form continued with Palmers Hill winning the maiden hurdle at...

  • Another up and down day....... 06.10.17

    Thursday started off disastrously with a lovely young horse called Shackleton being fatally injured, through no fault of his own, when brought down on the flat in Warwick. We all feel for his owners, the Hitchins family and also Christie who looked after him and Natalie who rode him out every day. After a bad start, the day improved somewhat…….. At Huntingdon Killian Moore again gave Dreamsoftheatre a great ride after pushing and cajoling him for most of the race. He eventually took hold of...

  • Into October - The Season starts properly 05.10.17

    We started off the month with runners at Stratford and Newton Abbot on Monday, with Your Wan (a sister to Synchronised) showing promise in the bumper at Stratford. At Southwell on Tuesday, Clubs are Trumps won his 7th race under a wonderful ride from Killian Moore and Ring Moylan was a lucky second in the 3 mile novice hurdle. We kicked off Wednesday with Big Penny winning the first race at Bangor, a Mares’ Novice Hurdle, by a neck under a good ride from Aidan Coleman. Today we have 10...

  • Syndicate Morning 02.10.17

    We enjoyed a wonderful syndicate morning here at Jackdaws Castle last Saturday. Lots of champagne, breakfast rolls and canapes were in the owners suite before a tour around the yard and to the swimming pool to watch a few horses swim. This was followed by the parade of the horses in the indoor school with the jockeys wearing the syndicate colours and Jonjo talking through the plans for the season ahead. We then headed out on the gallops to watch the horses. A great day was had by all! Click...

  • September Sunshine 27.09.17

    On Tuesday 26th, it was a very up and down day for the yard after losing the lovely Fort Worth in the 3.30 handicap chase, he had every chance when falling at the second last. He’d given his Syndicate “Sleeping Panther Racing” a lot of fun over the last few months – winning at Doncaster and Worcester and being placed on numerous occasions, his rating had risen to 138 and he will be very hard to replace. The day took a turn for the better, later on, when Strongly Suggested won his 10th race, his...

  • Schooling Today 21.09.17

    We had another busy morning here at Jackdaws Castle, with Aidan Coleman and Richie in schooling along with our conditional jockeys Killian Moore and Jack Savage (among others). We schooled over 40 horses in total and it all went smoothly, building for the season ahead. On Sunday 17th - Storm Melody so very nearly followed up his valuable win at Bath last year, when finishing second, beaten a neck, finishing fast in the Summer Series Final. On Monday at Worcester, we had a few placed...

  • September So Far... 15.09.17

    Our horses ran well at Stratford and Fontwell with Mont Royale finishing a good second in the Handicap Chase at Stratord and Tidal Watch running with much more promise when third in the Juvenile Hurdle at Fontwell on Sunday. At Uttoxeter on Wednesday 13th, we started the day off, unfortunately, with Royal Escape being brought down at the second hurdle on his hurdling debut. We hope to get him out again soon and hope it doesn’t dent his confidence. Call To Order ran an encouraging race,...

  • Owners Day 2017 08.09.17

    On Sunday, we welcomed our lovely owners to Jackdaws castle for our owners BBQ. We were able to escape heavy showers by sheltering with champagne in the indoor school, which also allowed our guests to see horses swimming and enjoying our spa facilities. In the morning, we displayed our fantastic horses to our owners, with the boss himself, Jonjo, giving us some insight into what makes a champion horse. With many of the horses just getting back into training after a long relaxing summer, it was...

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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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