Friday 19 January 2018

Leopardstown next up for flying Jezki

Jezki is likely to take in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 9 following his impressive victory there over Christmas.

The Jessica Harrington-trained five-year-old cemented his claims as a leading contender for honours at the Cheltenham Festival when defeating Waaheb by five lengths for his second consecutive Grade One triumph.

"To say we are all delighted with Jezki's performance in the Grade One Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle would be an understatement," explained the Moone handler.

"The better the ground, the better for him. Robbie (Power) was also delighted and believed that that's the best ground he's had all year and that's the best performance he's put up all year.

"Cheltenham is the plan and we need to get him there in one piece – he will probably take in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle on his way there."

Meanwhile, Sprinter Sacre is the standout name among just 13 entries for the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 19.

Nicky Henderson's superstar appears to have scared off plenty of rivals, which is hardly surprising given the way he strolled to victory on his seasonal return in the Tingle Creek Chase.

Sizing Europe has not been entered by Henry de Bromhead but stablemate Days Hotel has been given the option. A smart novice, he returned from a lengthy absence to win the Hilly Way Chase on his return. Another smart Irish entry is Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light, which gave Sizing Europe a fright at Leopardstown.

Last year's winner Somersby could have his first start for Mick Channon while the Paul Nicholls-trained Sanctuaire could do battle with Sprinter Sacre again.

Irish Independent

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