More Of That, second favourite for Saturday's Bet Victor Gold Cup at Cheltenham's Open meeting is being targeted for tilt at the Gold Cup, according to his trainer, Jonjo O'Neil.
The Jackdaws Castle based handler said about his eight-year-old "I'd like to think in terms of the Gold Cup next March but there must be a little question mark in him seeing out the extended three miles." The journey towards that ambitious destination, next March, will begin at Prestbury Park on Saturday, where the winner of the World Hurdle in 2014, will make his first start over fences outside of novice company.
After a stellar stint over hurdles, winning five of six starts, More of That made the transition to bigger obstacles twelve months ago, where the JP McManus owned runner ran three times, all at Cheltenham. He won novice races at both the Open and International meetings, before finishing third in the RSA Chase at the Festival.
O'Neil is confident of a big season from his stable star, claiming that More of That is in fact the best horse he's ever trained. The 64-year-old handler said ahead of his seasonal debut "he's in great shape and we've been delighted with his build-up and I think he's the best horse I've ever trained."
Currently a 7/1 chance for the Bet Victor Chase, behind race favourite, the Paul Nicholls trained, Frodon, more will be known about O'Neil's claims after the race. Imperial Commander was the last horse to win this race before going on to win the Gold Cup, but that was not in the same season, winning the then Paddy Power Gold Cup in 2008 and Gold Cup in 2010. More of That is currently a 33/1 shot to win National Hunt's feature race at next year's meeting.