Jezki drops in class for Leopardstown opener

Friday, Mar 9 2018

Jezki is giving the Cheltenham Festival a miss this year and stays on home soil for Friday's Leopardstown Classic Trials Day April 14th Hurdle.

The 2014 Champion Hurdle hero still has plenty left to offer the sport at the age of 10, as he showed when making a successful return to action at Tipperary in October.

Since then, he has come up short in three Grade One contests but Jessica Harrington drops him in class, and he will be expected to capitalise.

It is far from a penalty kick, however, with Ellmarie Holden's quality performer Ex Patriot also in the line-up, and he was last seen failing to stay three miles in the Cleeve Hurdle.

The Gigginstown House Stud colours are carried by Gangster and Lieutenant Colonel, with Willie Mullins responsible for Karalee.

Jetez is out of a half-sister to Jezki, and Harrington will be hoping for a family double in the Donohoe Marquees Maiden Hurdle.

He flopped at Thurles, though, and has something to prove now against former smart Flat stayer Pallasator and jumping newcomer Dunvegan.

There is a good pot up for grabs in the TRI Equestrian Handicap Chase, with the Gordon Elliott pair of Jetstream Jack and General Principle heading the list.

The one to beat could be the Adrian Keatley-trained Drumconnor Lad, who had Cheltenham aspirations but doesn't look like making the cut for the novice handicap chase.

Elliott also saddles TRI Equestrian Superstore & Cafe Handicap Hurdle top-weight Destin D'Ajonc, and there was nothing wrong with his third in the Limestone Lad Hurdle.

Tony Martin's good servants Golden Spear and Pyromaniac are just two worthy opponents in a competitive field.

Fenlon's Hill goes for a hat-trick on his return from a break in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase, while surprise Thurles scorer Hawk Eye Down attempts to prove it was no fluke in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase.

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