Jezki flying ahead of Festival

  • Last Updated: February 6 2013, 9:55 GMT

Jessica Harrington reports Jezki to be "in top form" as she prepares him for a tilt at the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Jezki (right) is reported to be in fine fettle
Jezki (right) is reported to be in fine fettle

In her Racing Post Weekender stable tour, the Moone-based handler confirmed that her star hurdler is one of a small team due to head to the Cheltenham Festival.

"He's in top form at the moment and I couldn't be happier with his preparation," she said of Jezki.

"I just hope we get quicker ground as he will be even better still. It is next stop Cheltenham for him with the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle his target.

"What particularly pleases me about his preparation isn't that he remains unbeaten, which of course he is, but the experience he has gained from those races as you can't go to the Cheltenham Festival with a horse who only has limited experience.

"It is exciting to have such a good horse to take to Cheltenham again and I couldn't be happier with how he is at the moment."

Harrington also confirmed that Bostons Angel will make up part of her team having returned to form this season.

"He appears to be much more in love with the sport now," she said.

"The plan is to go to Cheltenham next month for the Cross Country Chase and he will also be considered for the Grand National at Aintree."

Other possible Cheltenham runners include Steps To Freedom, who is on course for a crack at either the County or Champion Hurdle and Gimli's Rock who could run in the former or the Coral Cup.

However, Harrington confirmed that Oscars Well is likely to bypass the Festival and wait instead for Fairyhouse and Punchestown.

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