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Grand National Winning Trainer Jonjo O’Neill Wins Prestigious Sports Award


Top racehorse trainer Jonjo O’Neill won the Professional Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Gloucestershire Media Sports Awards. The award ceremony, which was attended by many leading sporting figures from around the county, was held at Cheltenham Racecourse. Jonjo has experienced great success at Cheltenham, so it was a fitting location for him to be presented with the Professional Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Nominations for this award followed a number of big race wins earlier in the year, the most notable being Don’t Push It winning the Grand National and Albertas Run at the Cheltenham Festival.

A delighted Jonjo said “It’s always nice to win awards and it’s absolutely lovely to win a local award. We had a great year and winning the Grand National put the cream on it. It was fantastic for everyone at the yard, for AP (McCoy, jockey) and JP (McManus, owner), and we all enjoyed it"

The Cotswold based racehorse trainer has also experienced success as a jockey, winning the coveted title British Champion Jockey twice as well as breaking the record in 1977/78 for most winners in a season. Amongst Jonjo’s wins was the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1986 aboard the famous mare Dawn Run. Jonjo O’Neill began his career as a racehorse trainer in 1986, following his cancer diagnosis. He was based at Penrith for 15 years then moved to Jackdaws Castle, near Cheltenham, in 2001.

Jonjo O’Neill was one of ten sports personalities to receive awards on the night. British Olympic rower Beth Rodford, was crowned Sports Personality of the Year. The 27 year old was a gold medallist at the World Championships in the women’s quadruple scull in New Zealand last month. Other accolades included Young Sports Personality of the Year which went to Stroud sprinter Jennie Batten, and Coach of the Year which was awarded to Dawn Lawson, of Aspire Springers Trampolining Club.

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About Jonjo O’Neill Racing:

Since moving to Jackdaws Castle, Jonjo has saddled more than one thousand winners. The yard provides state-of-the-art racehorse training facilities and is Britain’s premier National Hunt training establishment. Jonjo works alongside champion jockey AP McCoy and his team of talented staff to give the best possible care and training to the horses. In addition, a warm welcome is extended to racehorse owners. They are encouraged to visit their horse and make use of the Owners’ Suite where they can watch their horse’s previous races, whilst enjoying a glass of champagne. With the different types of racehorse ownership available, Jonjo O’Neill Racing turns the dream of owning a racehorse into a reality for many.


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