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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jezki set for Punchestown rematch with Champagne

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Jessica Harrington has confirmed her gallant JP McManus-owned Supreme Novices' Hurdle third Jezki is likely to have its next outing at the Punchestown Festival, where he could again run into his Cheltenham conqueror Champagne Fever.

Although ultimately no match for Willie Mullins' grey, which edged out McManus' My Tent Or Yours in a memorable Grade One encounter, Jezki, nonetheless, returned with its reputation intact.

Champagne Fever, however, may have alternative Punchestown options over further apart from the Evening Herald-sponsored Grade One.

Harrington also revealed that Jezki's three-parts brother Jetson, third in the Pertemps at Cheltenham, could tackle a handicap at Aintree before returning to Punchestown.

chance

She also said Boston's Angel, fourth in the cross-country race, would run in the Irish or English Grand National, depending on where the ground is best, and that Oscars Well would take its chance in Sunday's Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

Benefficient won't be going to Fairyhouse. Tony Martin revealed his progressive novice and County Hurdle scorer Ted Veale, along with Golantilla and Blackmail – third and 15th in the Champion Bumper – would be given time to recover fully before he decides whether to send any of them to Aintree or Punchestown before roughing them off for the season.

Martin said a decision has yet to be made on Dedigout's next race, with the Powers and Irish Grand National both options for the Gigginstown Stud-owned novice.

Sunday's Powers card also sees the first Grade One edition of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Novice Hurdle.

Just seven horses are entered in the €90,000 two-and-a-half-miler, four of which – Annie Power, Glens Melody, Unika La Reconce and Zuzka – are trained by Willie Mullins. Mick Winters' Missunited, Jarlath Fahey's Jennies Jewel and Donal Coffey's Top Madam are the other three contenders.

• today's cancelled Leopardstown programme has been rescheduled for Monday, April 15.

Irish Independent

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