Sunday 22 October 2017

Evergreen Jezki gets back 'old spark'

Harrington:
Harrington: "He’s a great horse and to get him back like that is amazing." Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Jezki rolled back the years when upstaging younger rivals to make a winning re-appearance in the Istabraq Hurdle.

Coquin Mans set out to make all but, though he stuck to his guns, he had no answer to Jezki (6/1) once Mark Walsh sent Jessica Harrington's 2014 Champion Hurdle hero to the front between the last two flights.

Coquin Mans finished four lengths behind, with Ex Patriot a head away in third. JP McManus' other runner, Jer's Girl - the choice of the owner's number one rider Barry Geraghty - was fourth.

Harrington, who also won the two-year-old maiden with Whirling Dervish, said: "That was absolutely fantastic - he just seems to have got back his old spark.

"He never really got it back last year - I don't know why - but he has had a good summer and seems well in himself.

"He did it hands and heels there and he surprised me as I thought he'd blow up. But he has class, and class won it for him at the end of the day."

She added: "I have absolutely no plan - I have no idea. I'll enjoy today. He's a great horse and to get him back like that is amazing.

"People probably thought 'that's it, retire him' after his last run last year, but we didn't. He's a smashing horse and a pleasure to have around the place."

Psychedelic Funk showed his quality with a determined victory in the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes at Tipperary.

A smart juvenile last year, Ger Lyons' colt made his move at the top of the straight and, after going clear a furlong out, he was kept up to his work by title-chasing Colin Keane to beat Downforce by half a length.

Lyons' brother and assistant, Shane, said: "We're thrilled with that. He is a fine big horse and we are really looking forward to his four-year-old career.

"We were very worried about whether or not he'd handle the heavy ground. He is still a bit of a baby and idled in front. He'll be better on better ground and will be a proper stakes horse over a mile next year."

On The Go Again continued his moneyspinning campaign by landing TheTote.com Handicap.

World War attempted to make all but On The Go Again, which landed the Lartigue Hurdle last time to add to three victories on the level this summer, reeled him in and won going away by a length and a half.

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