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Jonjo O'Neill's World Hurdle champion is top of the charts

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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Jonjo O'Neill's stable star More Of That could put his standing as the best hurdler in Britain to the test at the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

The unbeaten six-year-old powered to the top of the British Horseracing Authority’s official ratings on 169 after winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in commanding style at the Cheltenham Festival.

More Of That has the chance to cement his position at number one by bidding to stretch his winning run to six in the Liverpool Hurdle over about three miles next Saturday, of which past winners include the O’Neill-trained Iris’s Gift in 2004.

More Of That’s impressive performance at the Festival saw him overtake Nigel Twiston-Davies’ best horse The New One (167) in the official pecking order.

With one point equivalent to one length, The New One is also behind My Tent Or Yours (168), making him the third-best hurdler in Britain.

The New One looked an unlucky loser in the Champion Hurdle, when he was hampered by the fatal fall of Our Conor but finished strongly to finish third.

Twiston-Davies is set to give him a chance to gain compensation in the Aintree Hurdle over two and a half miles on the first day of the Grand National meeting on Thursday.

As a back-up plan, the Guiting Power trainer has given the six-year-old an entry in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr on Saturday week.

David Bridgwater’s flagbearer The Giant Bolster is the joint-best chaser in Gloucestershire, according to the BHA, after he finished a close third in the Gold Cup.

He shares top spot on 164 with Module – third in the Champion Chase – from Tom George’s stable in Slad.

County top 10: 1 More Of That 169; 2 The New One 167; 3 The Giant Bolster, Module 164; 5 Harry Topper 161; 6 Holywell 157; 7 Taquin Du Seuil Champion Court 155; 9 Get Me Out Of Here 153; 10 Double Ross 152.

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