GBI RACING

Jezki rolls back the years with Leopardstown success

Jezki is too good at Leopardstown Jessica Harrington will consider options at Aintree and Punchestown for Jezki after he made the most of having his sights lowered to register a 16th career victory at Leopardstown.
The Milan gelding has won eight Grade Ones, including the 2014 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, but it is nearly three years since he last struck at the highest level when seeing off old rival Hurricane Fly at the Punchestown Festival.
The 10-year-old kicked off this season by winning the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary in October and although he has struggled in Grade One events since, most recently placing fourth behind stablemate Supasundae in last month's Irish Champion Hurdle, he was the 11-10 favourite to stamp his class on theLeopardstown Classic Trials Day April 14th Hurdle.
Barry Geraghty cut a confident figure in the saddle throughout and while he gave his supporters a scare by diving at the final flight, he managed to stay on all fours and galloped on tenaciously to score by two lengths from Lieutenant Colonel.
Harrington said: "It's great to see him back, although he did his best to capsize at the last. Barry said he was very long but he quickened up well after it.
"I'm delighted with him and it's great to win another race with him.The race was almost written with him in mind.
"He may go to Aintree or may go to Punchestown. It will depend on the ground. He will go to one of those two."
The Moone-based trainer went on to complete a double on the afternoon, with Sizing Pottsie (11-4) making a big impression in the concluding bumper under Kate Harrington.
"He's very good and we actually put him in the graded bumper here last month, but he just wasn't right at the time," said the trainer.
"He was named Cap Ocean and we changed the name to Sizing Pottsie. He was going to call him Capsizing!
"It's great to have one like that. He's eligible for the Tattersalls Sales race at Fairyhouse so I'd say he will go there as long as it doesn't come too soon for him. It's three weeks away."
Pallasator made it third-time lucky over jumps in the Donohoe Marquees Maiden Hurdle.
Winner of the Doncaster Cup when trained by Sir Mark Prescott, the giant nine-year-old joined Gordon Elliott last autumn and although he managed to win a charity race on the level under Norman Williamson, he could only finish fifth and fourth on his first two starts over hurdles.
Sent off at 2-1 on his third attempt in the hands of Davy Russell, Pallasator travelled with plenty of zest and readily extended seven and a half lengths clear ofDunvegan.
Elliott's assistant Ian 'Busty' Amond said: " He obviously has plenty of ability and it was grand to get his head in front. It was probably a weak enough race but it will give him plenty of confidence and hopefully he can kick on from that.
"I'd say better ground will probably suit him. Every race he's behaving himself more and more and if he stays doing that, he'll be alright."
Russell added: "Sheikh Fahad (owner) enjoys watching them and is pleased that he's made the transition. All owners want is winners and hopefully it may open up the door to some more in those colours."
Tom Mullins saddled two winners, with Bryan Cooper steering Grand Partner (5-1) to victory in the TRI Equestrian Superstore & Cafe Handicap Hurdle and Spider Web justifying 7-2 favouritism in the TRI Equestrian Handicap Chase under Mark Enright.
Grand Partner may have earned himself a last-minute ticket to the Cheltenham Festival.
Mullins said: "He's in the County Hurdle and we'll see what way he is in the next couple of days.
"At the moment he may get in or he may not, so a penalty for this would get him in. If he's well enough he might go."

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