The Grand National Festival at Aintree gets under-way on Thursday afternoon and National Hunt Racing fans can look forward to three days of brilliant sport in the north-west. One of the heroes of the Cheltenham Festival was More Of That for Jonjo O'Neill and he is expected to make a quick re-appearance after coming out of his Prestbury Park success in good form. The lightly raced six-year-old won the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and he has been given an entry to the Liverpool Hurdle this Saturday with connections looking to double-up.
More Of That was a slightly surprise winner of the stayers crown at Cheltenham but many are now predicting that this is a potential superstar in the waiting. He remains unbeaten in five starts during his carer and at this stage, he really could still be anything. The Liverpool Hurdle is always a good test in the spring and was won by Solwhit last season with the Irish raider completing the Cheltenham/Aintree double which More Of That is now attempting to replicate.
His Cheltenham success in the World Hurdle looked top class on the face of it with More Of That doing battle with the highly rated Annie Power up the famous Prestbury Park hill. The pair of them went into the race unbeaten but it was More Of That who showed the greater stamina to pull clear of the brilliant mare on the run in. Another win in the Liverpool Hurdle this weekend for More Of That will enhance his reputation even further and no doubt he will start as a warm favourite to do just that.
The great Big Buck's won the Liverpool Hurdle on no less than four occasions during his famous career with the Cheltenham/Aintree double achieved in each of the last five year's in the stayers hurdle division. More Of that will be expected to make it six-in-a-row this weekend as he bids to confirm himself as one of the most exciting young horses currently in training in the UK. One horse who could take More Of that on again is Zarkandar for Paul Nicholls, who was last seen finishing fourth in the World Hurdle and could offer some decent opposition to the favourite on Saturday.