Jezki stays strong….
It was another clash with Hurricane Fly for Jessica Harrington’s Jezki but this time over 3m and with Mark Walsh tasked with the job to defeat the evergreen veteran who had defied logic this term with a string of big performances.
The race went to plan with a settled Jezki travelling well throughout as Thousand Stars took the field along in the early stages and it his stable mate and relative Jetson, last years winner who took the running up two from home with Hurricane Fly and Jezki moving in behind and the stage was set for another war of attrition to the finish line.
Jezki looked the strongest at the last and galloped to the front before staying on best to record a 1 3/4 length success over his longstanding rival Hurricane Fly back in second and a further 8 lengths back to Zabana in third.
Jessica Harrington was thrilled with her stable star who has now shot to the top of next year’s World Hurdle market. “He’s an amazing horse for me to have. He’s basically very straight-forward. He does like the spring with a bit of nice ground and the sun on his back. Mark gave him an absolutely terrific ride and I’m really pleased for him. Punchestown is the local racecourse and I love having winners here.”
Sent off favourite under the usual weight of public affection and support Hurricane Fly again bows out on his sword and continues to thrive for racing so perhaps they can continue their dual on the track next season.
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