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Monbeg Genius Horse - Age, weight, trainer, owner, race record and form

Monbeg Genius is a handicap chaser trained by the great Jonjo O'Neill, who is eyeing up a tilt at the Grand National at Aintree in April.

Second in an Irish point-to-point in October 2020, Monbeg Genius ran four times over hurdles, but has thrived since switched to chasing and marked himself as a potential Grand National contender at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

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Monbeg Genius Owner

Monbeg Genius runs under the ownership of Barrowman Racing Limited. The horse was bought for £80,000 as a wedding present for her husband by Conservative peer Michelle Mone.

Monbeg Genius Trainer

Monbeg Genius is trained by legendary trainer Jonjo O'Neill, who as a jockey steered Dawn Run to success in the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

To date Dawn Run is still the only horse to achieve the historic feat.

Since switching to training O'Neill has trained 26 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including 2012 Gold Cup victor Synchronised, and the winner of the 2010 Grand National, Don't Push It.

Monbeg Genius Age

Monbeg Genius is eight years old.

Monbeg Genius Rating

Monbeg Genius has an official hurdle rating of 140 and a chase rating of 145, achieving an RPR of 152 over fences at Newbury in December 2023.

Monbeg Genius Weight

Monbeg Genius ran off a weight of 11st 8lb in his last race, the 2024 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

 Monbeg Genius Next Race

Monbeg Genius' next race is expected to be the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 13th April, the Handicap Steeplechase starting at 16:00.

Monbeg Genius Record

Monbeg Genius finished second in his only run in a point-to-point before appearing in four novice hurdles for current trainer Jonjo O'Neill.

He won at 6/1 on his hurdles debut at Ffos Las before finishing fourth and Ascot and third at Carlisle in the sprint of 2022. Monbeg Genius won his final start over hurdles at Chepstow.

Switched to chasing ahead of the 2022/23 season, Monbeg Genius finished last of four on his debut before three novice chase wins in a row saw him sent off joint-favourite for the 2023 Ultima Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished a credible third.

Monbeg Genius has had an inconspicuous 2023/24 campaign, pulling up at Ascot on his seasonal debut before third place in a big handicap at Newbury.

He then finished fifth of seventh in Kelso's Premier Chance before pulling up on his return to the Ultima at Cheltenham.

Overall, Monbeg Genius has won five of his 13 races, with three victories coming over fences and two in hurdles races.

Monbeg Genius Prize Money

Monbeg Genuis' career earnings are £82,483, with £12,339 coming over hurdles and £70,144 in chases.

Monbeg Genius News

A fine third in the 2023 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival marked Monbeg Genius out as a potential Grand National winner of the future.

Things haven't gone to plan for the Jonjo O'Neill-trained gelding since, however, and he has failed to complete on two of his four starts this season.

Monbeg Genius is 40/1 to win the Grand National with fancied runners I Am Maximus, Corach Rambler, who won last year's race, and Meetingofthewaters ahead of him in the betting.

Although the final 34-horse field is yet to be confirmed, that decision is made on Thursday 11th April, Monbeg Genius has been allotted a weight of 10st 4lb and a rating of 147 for the race.

When the weights for the Aintree showpiece were announced, Monbeg Genius was 42nd on the list of entrants.

All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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