4/1 for More Of That

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 13 2014, 21:31 GMT

More Of That is a best price of 4/1 to successfully defend his Ladbrokes World Hurdle title after claiming a surprise win at Cheltenham on Thursday.

More Of That: Caused an upset in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle
More Of That: Caused an upset in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle

All the pre-race talk had revolved around the unbeaten Annie Power, who was sent off the 11/8 favourite, and Big Buck's, who was attempting to win the race for the fifth time.

However, it was Jonjo O'Neill's More Of That who stole their thunder with an impressive run which pushed the brave Annie Power into second place. Big Buck's was well back in fifth and was retired immediately after the race.

Betfred and the lesser-known RaceBets made the winner a 4/1 shot for the 2015 renewal.

BetVictor and Ladbrokes were much more wary, going just 2/1.

Jack Milner, of BetVictor, said: "The six-year-old remains unbeaten and couldn't have been more impressive beating the unbeaten mare Annie Power. He has the potential to be anything and is a deserving 2/1 ante-post favourite."

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners, whose firm went up with 5/2, added: "More Of That was an impressive winner and one who is only going to get better.

"The likes of Faugheen and Annie Power would clearly be dangers next year but look to be taking different paths and there was a real changing-of-the-guard feel to this year's race."

Meanwhile, another O'Neill runner, Taquin De Seuil, was given 25/1 quotes for next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning the JLT Novices' Chase.

Stan James made the horse a 12/1 chance for the 2015 Ryanair Chase - a market led by the winner of Thursday's renewal, Dynaste, at 6/1.

Having started the day as a red-hot 1/6 shot to win another top-jockey award, Ruby Walsh ended it out at 4/7.

Walsh failed to ride a winner on Thursday and instead saw rivals Barry Geraghty and Tom Scudamore join him on three winners for the week.

Scudamore brought Dynaste and Ballynagour home in front, while Geraghty was the man on More Of That.

Walsh still leads the table due to his number of second-place finishes - the market will be settled that way too if necessary - but was moved out to 4/7 by Paddy Power, Betfred and totesport.

The Irishman will ride the hot favourite, Briar Hill, in Friday's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, as well as the well-fancied Arctic Fire in the County Hurdle.

Geraghty can be backed at 3/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral, while Scudamore is an 8/1 chance with Ladbrokes, Betfred and totesport.

Willie Mullins, who trains many of the Walsh-ridden horses, was also caught in the top-trainer race but he remained odds-on. bet365 go 1/3.

Mullins has three winners so far, as do David Pipe (7/2) and Jonjo O'Neill (16/1).

  • Posted at 1625 GMT; updated at 1745 GMT on 13/03/2014.