Jonjo O’Neill is an Irish racehorse trainer who initially made a name for himself as a National Hunt jockey. He has been a trainer since 1986 and has had great success since, something he is hoping to continue at the Aintree Festival this week.
O’Neill has been a bit more selective than the other major trainers this week with eleven horses in action across the three days at Aintree. This includes three runners in the world famous Grand National though.
Arbor Supreme, Sunnyhillboy and Synchronised are all competing in the 4.15pm race on Saturday 14th April as O’Neill looks for a famous victory.
Leading up to the Aintree Festival, O’Neill has only had one victory in the last couple of weeks, so he will be hoping he is saving them up for this week.
He did enjoy a massive win at the Cheltenham Festival last month though with AP McCoy riding Synchronised to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The same was successful at the Lexus Chase in December too.
The 9-year-old is therefore in excellent form going into the Grand National and is the current favourite to complete back to back major wins.
Previous National successes
You only have to go back to 2012 to find O’Neill’s sole Grand National success. With AP McCoy as the jockey once again, O’Neill enjoyed a famous win with Don’t Push It and this is still considered as one of the finest days for this Irish trainer.
O’Neill’s memories of the Grand National go back further than this though. He recalls watching 66-1 shot Ayala secured victory back in 1963, so the Grand National has always meant a lot to O’Neill.
As mentioned, Synchronised in the current favourite at around 7/1 and you can get 22/1 for Sunnyhillboy to secure victory. Finally, Arbor Supreme is an outside 66/1 shot.