Bang In-Form Jonjo O’Neill Bids For 3,538/1 Saturday Four-Timer

Richie McLernon speaks to Jonjo O'Neill

There are few yards currently in better form than Jonjo O’Neill, with the Jackdaws Castle handler sending out six winners from his last nine runners.

He bids to continue the run on Saturday with four runners across the cards at Uttoxeter and Warwick – with the combined accumulator coming out at a healthy 3,538/1 – below, we have delved deeper into the chances of his runners.

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Clondaw Promise – 1.22 Uttoxeter

Jonjo O’Neill’s first runner on Saturday is Clondaw Promise in the first division of the Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Maiden Hurdle.

This strapping son of Gold Well would have won a point to point at Ballinaboola last February but for falling at the last, and he made a promising start to life in this sphere when a 50/1 fourth at Kempton in November – a race that has subsequently worked out well.

He disappointed at Warwick afterwards but has been given time to get over that effort, and this race appears to lack strength in depth – so it would be no shock to see him put up a much-improved performance.

Pop The Cork – 1.30 Uttoxeter

The first of Jonjo O’Neill’s two runners on Warwick’s card is Pop The Cork in the Cheltenham Preview Here Thursday 5th March Handicap Hurdle.

Rated in the 60s on the level, this four-year-old got off the mark at just the second attempt over hurdles when landing a juvenile hurdle at Uttoxeter in October.

He was held on his handicap hurdle debut at Sandown afterwards, but that run looked too bad to be true. With Jonjo O’Neill Jr – who has been aboard for all three of his hurdles starts to date – at Newbury to ride Native River, Richie McLernon takes the ride.

Darsi In The Park – 1.58 Uttoxeter

The second division of the Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Maiden Hurdle sees O’Neill represented by the Gay Smith-owned Darsi In The Park.

A point winner at Lingstown back in November 2017, where he had the now 140-rated Captain Drake directly behind, this seven-year-old has been sparsely raced since joining these connections, but he was in the process of putting up his best performance to date when unseating his rider at the final flight at Perth in September.

He has another absence to overcome today, but he would not need to improve a great deal on that last run to feature here in what looks a modest affair.

March Is On – 3.50 Warwick

The last of Jonjo O’Neill’s Saturday runners is March Is On in the Larkshill Engineering Handicap Hurdle.

An impressive winner on his seasonal reappearance at Southwell in October, March Is On ran to a similar level of form when fourth at Chepstow afterwards.

He was a beaten favourite at Ascot last time out, but that run looks easy to forgive as he was badly hampered turning for home.

Granted better luck in running this afternoon, he can be expected to do better – with this new 3m2f trip promising to suit.

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