The Racegoers Club are delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Grand National and Gold Cup winning trainer Jonjo O'Neill. We are delighted that Jonjo has agreed to train for us again - reigniting a partnership that goes back to 1988 and a horse called Cock Sparrow.
This time around it is an exciting four-year-old filly who will be trained at Jackdaws Castle and carry the Racegoers Club colours. Coming from breeder Gary Hadden in Ireland, breeder of More Of That and Minella Rocco, she is by top sire Stowaway and out of Shean Rose, selling for €30,000 at the recent Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.
She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winning Blow By Blow who is owned by Gigginstown House Stud. Her full pedigree is available here.
Jonjo O'Neill said: "I’m delighted to be training for the Racegoers Club again and I think we’ve found a really exciting horse to have together. I remember Cock Sparrow in the late 80s who won for us at Musselburgh so with any luck we can have more success this time around as well.
“I’ve always had a great relationship with Gary and the horses he sends over tend to be quite useful so we’re hopeful this filly will be as well. She’s being broken in by Martin Jones who is one of the best in the business and when we get her in we’ll work out a plan but she is likely to start off in bumpers this season and then we can go from there.”
She is being broken in by renowned pre-trainer Martin Jones - where Jonjo sends many of his horses before they head to Jackdaws.
Martin said, "We're very pleased with her so far. She's a lovely filly and she's very good."
Stowaway was a high-level performer on the Flat for Godolphin winning the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Great Voltigeur at York in the same year. Standing at Whytemount Stud in Ireland he was responsible for some of the top National Hunt horses of recent times including dual Cheltenham Festival winner Champagne Fever, 2016 Lexus Chase winner Outlander, the hugely popular Hidden Cyclone, 2017 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey's Hurdle and subsequent Grade 1 winner at the Punchestown Festival Champagne Classic, 2017 Sefton Novice Hurdle winner at Aintree The Worlds End and Irish Grand National runner up Away We Go to name just a few.
Shean Rose was an unraced mare by Roselier, sire of Grand National winner Monet's Garden, and has already shown her prowess in the breeding sphere. Blow By Blow won the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at Punchestown in 2016 beating Moon Racer, Bacardys and Presenting Percy. He also has two other bumper wins including the defeat of Death Duty at Fairyhouse. Shean Rose also produced five time winner Everdon Brook.
As you can see from the picture she is a big, imposing filly with lots of scope. She promises to be very exciting and shares are available for just £295.