McManus linked with purchase of Jezki

Jezki, unbeaten over hurdles and favourite for the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, is, reportedly, to be bought by JP McManus.

McManus linked with purchase of Jezki

The Jessica Harrington-trained five-year-old, thought to be worth in the region of €500,000, won two of the three bumpers he contested last season. He is four from four over hurdles, having followed up two wins at Naas by landing two Grade 1 events last month.

He finished eighth behind Champagne Fever in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper a year ago and fifth in a 2m Flat race at Navan in October.

His brother Jenari, a four-time winner, is trained by Harrington for McManus while Jezki is a half-brother to Jered, who won seven races for Noel Meade, and also to the Harrington-trained Jetson, the winner of four races.

Meanwhile, owner Robert Waley-Cohen believes the weather will dictate if Long Run has another outing before the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Nicky Henderson-trained chaser regained his King George VI Chase crown in a dour battle with Captain Chris at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day.

His next aim is to reclaim his Gold Cup title, but Waley-Cohen feels he will not run in the Denman Chase at Newbury in February if the ground is very soft.

Waley-Cohen told At The Races: “He’s come out of it (the King George) better than he did after the Haydock race and he’s in very good form.

“We have to decide if we are going to run before the Gold Cup or go straight there. A lot will depend on what the weather is like and what the ground is like.

“The possibility is the Denman Chase at Newbury, which is the race he won last year, but we may just skip all that and go straight to Cheltenham.”

lAlan King’s Champion Hurdle hero Katchit has died at the age of 10.

The diminutive gelding made little impression when trained on the Flat by Mick Channon but proved far better when switching disciplines with King at Barbury Castle.

After making an early and successful start in the juvenile ranks at Market Rasen in September 2006, he rose right through the division to end up winner of both the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Aintree equivalent.

Set some stiff tasks in open company as a four and five-year-old, Katchit was to enjoy his crowning moment when beating Osana by a length in the 2008 Champion.

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