Jonjo O’Neill has a Jump racing career record that is beyond compare in the modern game. As both jockey and trainer he has reached virtually every height this great sport has to offer, along the way overcoming adversity, including beating cancer. Through all of this, his love of horseracing, his affinity with horses and thirst for success has never changed.
He is one of the greatest jump jockeys of all time, having ridden 901 winners in a sixteen year career from 1970 to 1986. He is most widely remembered for his brilliant performances on Dawn Run, the only horse to win the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He also had a fantastic partnership with the legendary Sea Pigeon, winning the 1980 Champion Hurdle.
Jonjo began his training career in 1986 and was diagnosed with cancer that same year. With trademark determination, he battled and defeated Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Jonjo was based up in Penrith for fifteen years before moving to Jackdaws Castle in 2001. He remains the only racing professional to achieve 100 winners in a season as both a jockey and a trainer.
During his time at Jackdaws, Jonjo has seen a host of equine talent come and go. Intersky Falcon, Iris’s Gift, Black Jack Ketchum, Rhinestone Cowboy and, more recently, Don’t Push It and Synchronised have all had the privilege of being trained by Jonjo.
He also has a top-quality team of jockeys at his disposal and he also takes great pride in bringing on the careers of young riders who, from the 2016-17 season, included his son Jonjo Jr.
The master of Jackdaws remains as hungry as ever for winners. He strives to obtain the best from his horses, and is always ready to invest in new technology and equipment.
We are thrilled and honoured that Jonjo O’Neill will be training for the Coral Champions Club horse, and in the unexposed Annie Mc, we hopefully have a prospect that can give Club members some great days out on the racecourse in the months and years ahead.