Turf Talk: Gold Cup option a ‘no brainer’ for More of That

More Of That, ridden by Barry Geraghty, clears the last fence before going on to win The Raymond Mould Memorial Novices' Steeple Chase Race.

More Of That, ridden by Barry Geraghty, clears the last fence before going on to win The Raymond Mould Memorial Novices' Steeple Chase Race.

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Jonjo O’Neill feels it would be “silly” not to at least give More Of That the option of running in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Winner of the World Hurdle in 2014, he ran only once last season when well beaten at Newbury, after which he underwent a breathing operation.

That appears to have been an unqualified success as he has looked imperious in winning his first two novice chases at Prestbury Park.

While he would be one of the favourites should he stay down the novice route for the RSA Chase, the exploits of Coneygree last season have certainly given connections something to think about.

“He came out of the race (on Saturday) fine and is in good form,” said O’Neill.

“We’ve not discussed where we are going next. We will sit down with JP (McManus, owner) and Frank (Berry, racing manager) and sort it out.

“(The Gold Cup) is a long way off and it’s a pretty good Gold Cup this year, but to me it would be silly not to make an entry in it.

“I think he could do with another run as he had a fairly solo run round. It would be nice to get another race into him for the experience.

“I was really worried last year when we operated on him and we have operated on plenty and it hasn’t worked. We knew he was a good horse and so far it’s working.

“Even going to Cheltenham first time I was worried as everything at home was so great. I was worried from the second last but the nice thing was seeing come home that first time and obviously there was no problems the last day.

“He is brilliant at home and gives a buck and a kick when he is well.

“He is not a good work horse though and he does what he has to do.

“You know he is well just by his mannerisms and Alan Berry, who rides him, knows that as well.”

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