Stage set for More Of That to produce in BetVictor Gold Cup
More Of That: joined by stablemate Taquin Du Seuil at Cheltenham
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Stage set for More
Of That to produce By David Jennings 8:30AM 12 NOV 2016
HE IS the only one to have beaten Annie Power when she has stayed on her feet, but we want more of that from More Of That and Saturday's BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham is the perfect place for him to start making up for lost time.
That World Hurdle triumph was 32 months ago now. Annie Power has won four Grade 1s and famously followed in the footsteps of Flakey Dove to become only the fourth mare to land the Champion Hurdle. More Of That has stepped out of the spotlight and this will be only his fifth appearance since mastering the mighty mare.
More Of That was described by Jonjo O'Neill this week as the best he has ever had so, off a mark of 154, he should be winning this. But that is the thing with the Open meeting feature: being ahead of the handicapper does not guarantee success.
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Take Long Run, for instance. He was only third to Little Josh in the 2010 running despite competing off a mark of 158 and Sam Waley-Cohen taking off a further 5lb. He went on to win a Gold Cup and was rated 182 at his best.
O'Neill also runs Taquin Du Seuil on Saturday and said: "I was glad to see the rain this week and I wouldn't mind a bit more for both, especially Taquin De Seuil. I'm very happy with More Of That and, fingers crossed, he starts producing what we think he is capable of.
"I know all the talk has been about More Of That, and you all know what I think of him, but I certainly wouldn't be forgetting Taquin. He's in terrific form and had a lovely spin over hurdles at Chepstow to set him up for this."
Back for more
Last year's winner is back for more. Bradbury Star was the last horse to win back-to-back runnings in 1993 and 1994, and if Annacotty is to repeat the feat he will have to do so off a 9lb higher mark.
Trainer Alan King said: "He loves to be fresh, so it was always the plan to go for this race first time out. He's 9lb higher than last year, but he was hobdayed in the summer and that could bring about a little improvement.
"The midweek rain was very welcome as he's better with ease in the ground as he can sometimes get done for toe when the going is faster, but Ian Popham has been down to ride him and he seems happy."
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