Jezki on target for Hatton’s Grace assignment

Trainer Jessica Harrington has confirmed Jezki an intended runner in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The five-year-old struck three times at Grade One level as a novice last season and also finished an excellent third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He made a pleasing return to action when scoring at Down Royal at the start of the month and sidestepped a clash with Hurricane Fly in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown to wait for this weekend’s two-and-a-half-mile feature.

Harrington said: “The plan is to run him in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, all being well.

“He seems to be in great form and I have been very happy with him.”

Jezki claimed the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on the same card 12 months ago, a race in which Harrington will be double-handed this time around.

The Co Kildare handler is set to saddle talented mare Gambling Girl and Mr Fiftyone, last seen chasing home Diakali at Naas.

“They will both run in The Royal Bond,” she said.

“Gambling Girl was very impressive at Down Royal. I wasn’t that surprised with the way that she won, as she had won her maiden very well at Gowran.

“Mr Fiftyone won his bumper and maiden hurdle very well and the form of those races has been franked since.”

Also bound for the Royal Bond is the Eddie Harty-trained Minella Foru, providing there is some ease in the ground.

Harty said: “At this moment in time, the Royal Bond is the plan. If the ground quickens up a good bit we might have to have to another look.”


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