More of That aims for Cheltenham World Hurdle repeat

Barry Geraghty on More of That
More of That was O'Neill's second winner in the race

Last year's winner More of That and runner-up Annie Power are among the 36 entries for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The Jonjo O'Neill-trained seven-year-old beat his Irish rival by a length and a half last March.

But he surrendered his unbeaten record when third to Medinasin in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November and subsequently had a wind operation.

The race over three miles takes place on Thursday 12 March.

Annie Power, who has not run this season after a setback in November, is one of eight entries for Willie Mullins, while the 17 Irish-trained entries also feature Lieutenant Colonel for Sandra Hughes and Monksland from the Noel Meade yard.

Zakander is one of two entries for Paul Nicholls while hopes are also high for Harry Fry's Rock on Ruby and the Nicky Henderson trio of Beat That, Whisper and Blue Fashion.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle, Thursday 12 March

(Horse, Age, Owner, Trainer)

ABBYSSIAL (IRE)5Violet O'LearyWillie Mullins IRE

ANNIE POWER (IRE)7Susannah RicciWillie Mullins IRE

AT FISHERS CROSS (IRE)8J P McManusRebecca Curtis

AUBUSSON (FR)6Jane WilliamsNick Williams

BACK IN FOCUS (IRE)10Andrea & Graham WylieWillie Mullins IRE

BEAT THAT (IRE)7Michael BuckleyNicky Henderson

BIG EASY (GER)8Terry WarnerPhilip Hobbs

BLAKLION6Sarah Such & CG PalettaNigel Twiston-Davies

BLUE FASHION (IRE)6John & Barbara CottonNicky Henderson

BOG WARRIOR (IRE)11Gigginstown House StudTony Martin IRE

BRIAR HILL (IRE)7Andrea & Graham WylieWillie Mullins IRE

COLE HARDEN (IRE)6Jill Eynon & Robin EynonWarren Greatrex

DEDIGOUT (IRE)9Gigginstown House StudTony Martin IRE

JETSON (IRE)10G McGrath/Mrs Moira McGrathJessica Harrington IRE

KING OF THE PICTS (IRE)6Thistle Bloodstock LimitedPat Shanahan IRE

KITTEN ROCK (FR)5J P McManusEdward O'Grady IRE

KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE)12Alistair CharltonGeorge Charlton

LIEUTENANT COLONEL6Gigginstown House StudSandra Hughes IRE

MONKSLAND (IRE)8Patricia HuntNoel Meade IRE

MORE OF THAT (IRE)7J P McManusJonjo O'Neill

OLOFI (FR)9McNeill FamilyTom George

PONT ALEXANDRE (GER)7Susannah RicciWillie Mullins IRE

REVE DE SIVOLA (FR)10Paul Duffy Diamond PartnershipNick Williams

RIGOUR BACK BOB (IRE)10D Chapman-Jones, J McIntyre, J CarrollMark Bradstock

ROCK ON RUBY (IRE)10The Festival GoersHarry Fry

RULE THE WORLD8Gigginstown House StudMouse Morris IRE

SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR)6The Stewart FamilyPaul Nicholls

SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT7Mrs A M ThomsonSandy Thomson

THOUSAND STARS (FR)11Hammer & Trowel SyndicateWillie Mullins IRE

TIGER ROLL (IRE)5Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE

UN ATOUT (FR)7Gigginstown House StudWillie Mullins IRE

UN TEMPS POUR TOUT (IRE)6Professor Caroline Tisdall & Bryan DrewDavid Pipe

VOLNAY DE THAIX (FR)6Judy WilsonNicky Henderson

WHISPER (FR)7Walters Plant Hire LtdNicky Henderson

ZAIDPOUR (FR)9Susannah RicciWillie Mullins IRE

ZARKANDAR (IRE)8Chris Giles & Potensis Bloodstock LtdPaul Nicholls

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