Thursday 21 November 2019

Harrington keen for Jezki to renew rivalry with the Fly

Hurricane Fly, with Ruby Walsh up, on their way to winning the Ryanair Hurdle, and his 21st Grade 1 victory which is a new world record, ahead of eventual second place Jezki, with Tony McCoy up
Hurricane Fly, with Ruby Walsh up, on their way to winning the Ryanair Hurdle, and his 21st Grade 1 victory which is a new world record, ahead of eventual second place Jezki, with Tony McCoy up

Thomas Kelly

Jezki remains on course for another clash with Hurricane Fly in Sunday fortnight's BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle back at Leopardstown.

Jessica Harrington's stable star had to play second fiddle to his old rival in a pulsating climax to the Ryanair Hurdle over the festive period, making the score between the pair four wins to two in favour of Hurricane Fly.

Willie Mullins' 11-year-old was retaining his unbeaten record at Leopardstown, but Harrington has taken plenty of heart from the fact the reigning Champion Hurdle winner pushed him all the way to the line.

"Everything is good. He's come out of the race at Christmas well and we're happy with him," said the Moone, Co Kildare handler.

"He got closer to Hurricane Fly than he ever has before at Leopardstown, so we'll take him on again. We're happy with where we are and we'll take things as they come."

Elsewhere, Sire De Grugy is on course to return to action at Newbury next month ahead of his bid to retain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.

Gary Moore has been steadily stepping up work for his stable star, whose seasonal reappearance has been delayed by a hip injury.

Sire De Grugy cantered for the first time just before Christmas after recovering from his setback and is now up to half-speed exercise. oore is keen to get a prep run into his top-class performer, who was last seen in public when winning the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April.

"The plan is to go for the Game Spirit all being well," said the trainer. "Everything has gone well so far and he's doing half-speeds at the moment."

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