Profile of the Gold Cup winner turned serial Festival winner
Pay particular attention to the National Hunt Chase and Pertemps Network Final
Cheltenham Festival wins: 25
The master of Jackdaws Castle drew a blank here last season but if he strikes early, take note, as he has had three winners at five separate Cheltenham Festivals. Pay particular attention to his runners in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (three wins in the last seven years and others have run well in defeat), the National Hunt Chase (five winners and four placed since the race conditions were altered in 2002), and the Pertemps Network Final (four winners).
O’Neill’s sole Leading Training Award at the Festival was achieved in 2003 and 13 of his 25 winners to date were owned by J P McManus.
Forever associated with Dawn Run’s Cheltenham’s Gold Cup win as a jockey.