Cheltenham Festival: More Of That to shine for O’Neill in the RSA Chase on Ladies DayPublished March 15, 2016
Cast your mind back to March of 2014, MORE OF THAT was seemingly playing for second place prize money behind Annie Power in the World Hurdle, when she was backed off the boards as if defeat was out of the question. But this improving hurdler at the time, who had won at Cheltenham in December just gone, had other ideas. Under the guidance of Barry Geraghty, the now eight-year-old found a sustained and classy burst of speed to deny the mare comfortably enough in the end.
Not seen again until November that year, he was well beaten in the Long Distance Hurdle, but it transpired that he was injured and had the rest of the season off with a view to starting his career over fences this season. First time out in at the Open Meeting, More Of That made a professional career debut at Cheltenham Festival and followed that up the following month with a thirteen length thrashing of Sametegal, who went on to win a top handicap chase at Newbury recently.
The fact is, More Of That has answered every question asked of him at Cheltenham, unbeaten in all four of his races at the track. The RSA Chase this year is shaping up to be a very good renewal of the race and the likes of No More Heroes, Blacklion, Seeyouatmidnight and Vyta Du Roc have legitimate claims. Willie Mullins runs Roi Des Francs and Shaneshill who have to be respected also, but More Of That has been there before, he’s tasted victory at the top level of the Cheltenham Festival and he knows how to handle the heat of battle.
Jonjo O’Neill’s horses tend to be at their absolute best for the festival and we can rely on More Of That being in tip top shape for this biggest test of his chasing career to date in the 2.10pm on day two. Barry Geraghty is a master in the saddle around here and makes it an easy decision to side with the JP McManus owned horse.