How many winners had Jonjo O’Neill Jr. Ridden for his father?
A graduate from pony racing, Jonjo O’Neill Jr. was still a pupil at Cheltenham College when he rode his first winner under rules, Temple Lord, trained by his father, Jonjo Snr., in an amateur riders’ handicap at Worcester on July 23, 2015, at the age of 17. Temple Lord was his only winner in the 2015/16 campaign; he rode just four winners in 2016/17 and nine more in 2017/18 before being put forward for his conditional licence.
In 2018/19, O’Neill rode 30 winners, including Early Doors, trained by Joseph O’Brien, in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, 2019. The following December, he took his career total to 75 winners, thereby riding out his 3lb claim, with victory on Adicci, again trained by his father, in a novices’ hurdle at Plumpton.
In the 2019/20 National Hunt season, as a whole, O’Neill rode at total of 61 winners, which was enough to claim the conditional jockeys’ title, 20 winners ahead of his nearest rival, Ben Jones. In his first season as a fully-fledged professional, 2020/21, he improved his seasonal tally again, albeit just by one, and rode several high-profile winners for his father. His victories included his two biggest winners so far, Soaring Glory, in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in March, 2021, and Time To Get Up, in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter the following month. All told, in his career to date, Jonjo O’Neill Jr. has ridden 132 winners from 768 rides for his father, at a strike rate of 17%.