More Of That among 22 in Gold Cup

Jonjo O'Neill is "desperate" to run More Of That, and that run could come in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

More Of That: Could line up on Saturday at Cheltenham.

The 2014 World Hurdle hero made a flying start to his career over fences with successive victories at Prestbury Park last season, but could only finish third when a hot favourite for RSA Chase at the Festival in March.

He was due to make his seasonal reappearance in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle at the end of last month, but was taken out on the day due to unsuitable ground conditions and O'Neill is keen to bring his stable star back to competitive action in this weekend's feature event.

"We've left him in this morning and we'll see what the ground is like and see what the boys think," said the Jackdaws Castle handler.

"He's in good form and I'm desperate to run him. If he didn't go there, he'd probably go to Haydock (Betfair Chase).

"Missing Carlisle was frustrating, but Barry (Geraghty) felt the ground was quick enough for him.

"He's in great shape and I'm delighted with him."

Geraghty himself added: "I've genuinely no idea if he will run, but watered ground isn't the same as getting some proper rain, so let's hope the weather is on our side. I schooled him a few weeks ago and he felt grand then."

More Of That is one of 22 horses in contention for the prestigious handicap following the confirmation stage.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has four contenders, headed by ante-post favourite Frodon.

The four-year-old finished alone when completing a hat-trick in the Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton last Saturday and is set to make a swift reappearance.

Nicholls' assistant, Harry Derham, said on Monday: "Frodon is fine and had a canter this morning and went out with first lot.

"He's a really tough horse and he didn't give himself a hard race at Wincanton and I wouldn't be worried about the short turnaround.

"Mentally, he's very, very good. He doesn't ride like a four-year-old and he jumped round Auteuil as a three-year-old."

The Ditcheat maestro could also saddle Art Mauresque, Bouvreuil and As De Mee.

"I think each of the four jockeys on those horses will go there thinking they have really nice chances," Derham went on." As De Mee is a fine jumper, a second-season novice, who was very good first time out. Bouvreuil has been trained for the race and I think went Paul says he's trained one for the race, you always have to take notice.

"Art Mauresque just a horse who has kept improving and I don't know where that is going to stop. I think he'll run a very nice race on Saturday. But if I could ride any of them it would be Frodon."

The weights are headed by Kerry Lee's Top Gamble, who was last seen winning a Grade Two at Fairyhouse in the spring.

Colin Tizzard has left in Sizing Granite and Sizing Platinum.

Other leading contenders include last year's one-two Annacotty and Buywise and the Tom George-trained Double Shuffle.

On the back of the positive bulletin from Derham, Frodon heads the updated ante-post betting at 5/1 with Sky Bet, with More Of That a 7/1 chance and Double Shuffle next at 15/2.

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