Jezki and Fly could renew battle at 3m
They’ve dueled it out over the past couple of seasons at the minimum trip and as Champions of their division but the emergence of Faugheen at the Cheltenham Festival has led connections of Jezki and Hurricane Fly to look at the stayers division at Punchestown next week for a crack at further top table success.
Many thought Hurricane Fly would have a season geared around a tilt at Stayers honours but such was his form against his great rival in Ireland that both he and Jezki lined up at the Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Hurdle with similar chances but both were put in their place by the new Champion Faugheen.
Jessica Harrington has considered the move and was reported on IrishRacing,com “As of this morning the plan is to go three miles in the World Hurdle on Thursday. He shouldn’t have trouble with the trip, there’s lots of stamina in the family, Jetson gets three miles well and there’s no reason if he relaxes he shouldn’t get it. It sounds like Hurricane Fly is going that way too so we’ll probably be looking at his backside again – but hopefully not!”
As for Hurricane Fly who has raged against the dying of the light all season and with some mighty performances that suggest should he last the extra distance he could still have a say at the top level.
“We have been discussing it the last few days at home. It is something the owners think they might go for. It’s a real runner at the moment. He won over two and a half miles on heavy ground as a four-year-old in France. We would think over the years that three miles wouldn’t be any problem. I think the trip is no problem and I’m seriously coming round to running him in this.” Willie Mullins.
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