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Jezki: could attempt to extend unbeaten Punchestown record to three

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Morgiana possible starting point for Jezki

LAST season's Champion Hurdle winner Jezki is being readied to start his season off at Punchestown next month in what could be a star studded Morgiana Hurdle.

The six-year-old is one of a dozen entries for the Grade 1 on November 16, with Hurricane Fly, Annie Power, Faugheen and Tiger Roll all possible opponents.

Jezki is unbeaten in two starts at the track, most recently when defeating Hurricane Fly in May, and trainer Jessica Harrington said: "Jezki did very well over the summer while at home in Martinstown and returned to us in great form. Pre-season training is going to plan and the aim is to get his campaign underway in the Stan James Morgiana Hurdle."

Hurricane Fly has won the last two runnings of the Morgiana for Willie Mullins, who has also entered the unbeaten Faugheen and Annie Power.

The two-time Champion Hurdle winner is a more likely runner than Faugheen, as Mullins said: "Hurricane Fly has won this race for the last two years so it's a great starting point for him. I would say he is more forward than he was at this stage last year so preparations are on track.

"Faugheen really likes Punchestown and he will stay hurdling this season so he will need to run in this level of race. We will make a final decision closer to the time."

The sole British-trained entry is Jeremy Scott's standard bearer Melodic Rendezvous, who finished second in a Grade 1 bumper at the track in 2012.

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