MORE OF THAT
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The 2014 Ladbrokes World Hurdle was the most talked about race of the Festival with Big Buck’s going for his 5th win and the unbeaten mare, Annie Power being aimed for this in preference to the Champion Hurdle. AP McCoy opted for JP McManus’ At Fishers Cross winner of the Albert Bartlett Hurdle in 2013. More Of That had steadily attracted attention in his previous unbeaten four runs, starting out at 20/1 at Folkestone.
Three wins during this season with an eye-catching display at Cheltenham under AP in December put him amongst Jonjo’s most likely winners at the Festival but many feared he had chosen a year when the opposition might prove too tough. Under a patient ride from Barry Geraghty, More Of That was delivered to challenge Annie Power at the final hurdle and pull away to win by a length and a half, five more clear of the remainder.
This was Jonjo’s second win in the race, 10 years after Iris’s Gift defeated Baracouda, and the first time he had trained two Grade One races at the Festival.
The BHA Handicapper gave this beautiful 6 year old by Beneficial a rating of 169, only 5lb behind Big Buck’s through his reign as Champion.
After a disappointing 2014-15 season in which he only ran once, losing his unbeaten record at Newbury, on the day he retired AP McCoy identified More Of That as the horse he will most miss riding when he goes over fences. The 2015-16 season proved frustrating with two smooth Novice Chase wins at Cheltenham giving every reason for a good run in the RSA Chase. Unfortunately, More Of That broke a blood vessel a mile from home and yet his class still tbrought him home in third place.
The current season got under way with More Of That favourite for the Betvictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham only to be pulled up at the last, a race won by stablemate Taquin Du Seuil. He finished well in the Peterborough Chase and was sixth in the Lexus over Christmas at Leopardstown. He returned there for the Irish Gold Cup and was coming with a lovely run only to slip on landing at the final fence. Next stop was the Cheltenham Gold Cup, again finishing sixth of 13 putting in good work at the finish. He goes to Aintree for the Randox Health Grand National as Jonjo's only runner in search of the glory Jackdaws enjoyed in 2010 with Don't Push It.