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Friday 15 December 2017

Legend Jonjo is primed for Super Sunday

JONJO O'NEILL can enter the final countdown to the Cheltenham Festival in high spirits as he appears to hold excellent chances at Warwick and Market Rasen.

The Jackdaws Castle handler is set to field the likes of Gold Cup hope Holywell and Ryanair Chase runner Taquin Du Seuil, and AMERICAN LEGEND can make sure the team head to Prestbury Park full of confidence by landing the Free Skips For Metal Handicap Chase at Warwick.

The seven-year-old generally shows his best on a sound surface so he deserves plenty of credit for hanging on for second place at Doncaster last time out.

Running on soft ground back in January, he could not find the necessary extra to reel in the three-quarter-length winner Champagne Rian. He had previously disappointed when upped in trip to four miles but back on better ground, he can switch back up to three miles and five furlongs with the minimum of fuss to land this prize.

FORT WORTH impressed for O'Neill when winning at Wetherby back in October and he can make another successful return from a lay off in the 32RedSport.com-sponsored novices' hurdle at Market Rasen.

A winner on his bumper debut at Huntingdon in November 2013, hopes were high this €150,000 recruit would go some way to justifying that price-tag.

However, he was not sighted again until tackling hurdles at Wetherby, where he posted a most taking performance in beating Arthurs Secret by three lengths, with that one having since gone on to victory.

Clearly things have not always gone to plan with this horse but the six-year-old can start making up for last time now.

RELIC ROCK is another who may appreciate a switch away from testing winter ground in the Huge Cheltenham Offer Now At 32RedSport.com "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

The seven-year-old looked a hugely promising type in winning two of his five bumper starts for Steve Gollings, as well as going down by just a head in a Listed bumper at Aintree on his final start of the last campaign.

Switched to hurdles this term, the form of his initial second could not have worked out better, with Glingerburn developing into a really useful novice who impressed when winning a Kelso Grade Two last weekend.

Transferred to Brian Ellison's team following that run last November, Relic Rock did not appear to appreciate the step up in trip when tried over two and a half miles at Bangor in January.

Soft ground would not have played to his strengths that day, but the drop back to two miles and a furlong combined with better conditions should see Relic Rock get off the mark over obstacles.

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