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JP McManus: Champion Owner’s Top 5 Moments | 2020/21

JP McManus took the champion owner’s crown after another dominant National Hunt season

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Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 13, 2019 Racehorse owner JP McManus as he arrives REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Coinciding with the successes of Harry Skelton in the saddle and Paul Nicholls as chief, John P McManus was crowned champion owner for the 2020/21 campaign at Sandown Park on Saturday.

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The popular Irish figure claimed 79 winners for the National Hunt season in Great Britain, convincingly clear of Simon Munir & Isaac Souede with 27.

The infamous green and gold hoops of JP McManus are synonymous with jumps racing in both Britain and Ireland

The Gold Cup and Grand National-winning owner enjoyed many more top-level victories since the new season belatedly got underway in July due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but which main five stand out from the crowd?

JP McManus’s first National victory came courtesy of Don’t Push It in 2010

Read our picks.

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Early Doors | Tote Galway Plate (Grade A Handicap Chase) | Wednesday 29th July 2020

A maiden over fences beforehand, the former Martin Pipe winner finally won over the larger obstacles at the sixth attempt under Mark Walsh at Galway.

WATCH: EARLY DOORS WINS THE GALWAY PLATE FOR OWNER JP MCMANUS [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The former Grade 3 winning hurdler secured a fifth career one in the process for Joseph O’Brien and is yet to be seen since.

Epatante | Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) | Saturday 28th November 2020

The 2020 winning Champion Hurdler got her season underway in perfect fashion under Aidan Coleman at Newcastle.

WATCH: EPATANTE BREEZES PAST SCEAU ROYAL IN THE FIGHTING FIFTH [CREDIT: SKY SPORTS]

McManus enjoyed success in this race with Buveur D’Air, My Tent Or Yours and Straw Bear in recent history, and his classy mare provided him with more domination in the pre-Christmas Grade 1.

Epatante wins the 2020 Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival
Epatante’s finest hour arrived in the Champion Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

The gutsy Sceau Royal attempted to make every yard of the running, but was collared in the late stages by the No Risk At All daughter, who secured another victory for Nicky Henderson and the Seven Barrows yard.

Chantry House | Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) | Thursday 18th March 2021

After a dominant run of affairs at the Cheltenham Festival twelve months earlier, McManus could only claim a sole victory at the 2021 renewal through Chantry House.

WATCH: CHANTRY HOUSE WINS THE MARSH AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The Supreme third of 2020, Nico de Boinville’s mount made the most of the fourth-flight mishap from hot favourite Envoi Allen and was able to run down stable-mate Fusil Raffles and claim a first Grade 1 win.

Chantry House and Nico De Boinville jump the last at Ascot Racecourse in November 2020
Chantry House has won 9 of his 12 career starts to date

He has gone onto score since subsequently, claiming a Cheltenham and Aintree double when securing success on Merseyside in the Mildmay.

Time To Get Up | Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National (Listed) | Saturday 20th March 2021

A slightly lackluster Festival was soon forgotten about in the Midlands when Jonjo O’Neill’s Time To Get Up’s bypassing of the Gloucestershire showpiece proved a key decision when the Presenting gelding claimed victory.

Time To Get Up ridden by Jonjo O'Neill Jr. on their way to winning the Marston's 61 Deep Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter racecourse. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021. See PA story RACING Uttoxeter. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Time To Get Up missed the Cheltenham Festival for a tilt at the Midlands Grand National

The relative inexperience of the Jackdaws Castle representative didn’t tell and he would beat the future Scottish Grand National winner, Mighty Thunder, at Uttoxeter.

WATCH: TIME TO GET UP AND JONJO O’NEILL JR WIN THE MIDLANDS GRAND NATIONAL [CREDIT: SKY SPORTS]

Backed into a 3/1 favourite, he claimed just a second career success following victory at Wincanton on his previous start.

Minella Times | Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) | Saturday 10th April 2021

After a stellar Cheltenham Festival, Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore handed McManus a second win in the Grand National, thanks to Minella Times.

WATCH: MINELLA TIMES AND RACHAEL BLACKMORE MAKE HISTORY IN THE GRAND NATIONAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Finishing second to fellow JP-owned Off You Go in the Leopardstown Handicap Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival, the Oscar son went one better at Aintree under Blackmore, seeing off stable-mate Balko Des Flos.

Minella Times was 11-1 to land the biggest race in jumps racing

McManus also picked up the bronze medal with the Ted Walsh trained Any Second Now finishing third.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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