Jessica Harrington says she is expecting big things from Jezki when he runs in the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of Cheltenham and if you fancy a bet, check out Betbright’s Cheltenham Festival betting fund.
The seven-year-old returns to Prestbury Park looking to defend the title he won by a neck 12 months ago and faces stiff competition, most notably from Hurricane Fly who has won on the last three occasions the pair have competed against each other.
Another Willie Mullins-trained horse Faugheen currently heads the betting for the Champion Hurdle and it is sure to be a quality race on March 10, with the likes of Annie Power and The New One also holding entries.
Despite only managing third last time out at Leopardstown, Harrington says she is confident about her charge’s Cheltenham chances and believes the improving ground will only help him get back on track following his recent barren spell.
“He likes better ground and Cheltenham is a stiffer track than Leopardstown and that’s what he likes,” she said. “We’ll just train him the same way we did last year.
“We went into the Champion Hurdle last year, finishing second and fourth in the two trial races at Leopardstown and we beat them at Cheltenham, so we’ll see what happens.”
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