Jonjo O’Neill toasts first Cheltenham Festival success of 2013 with Holywell (From Tewkesbury Admag)
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Jonjo O’Neill toasts first Cheltenham Festival success of 2013 with Holywell
2:55pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in Sport
TEMPLE Guiting trainer Jonjo O’Neill claimed his first victory of this year’s Cheltenham Festival in surprising circumstances.
Holywell (25-1) broke a frustrating run of second-placed finishes by holding on to beat Captain Sunshine (11-1) by one-and-a-half lengths in the Pertemps Final.
He was steered to victory by Richie McLernon with another O’Neill horse, Shutthefrontdoor (6-1 second-favourite), finishing fourth.
Naunton trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies’ 100-1 shot Changing Times earlier finished superbly for third place in the Jewson Novices’ Chase which opened the third day of the Festival.