Jezki is a best-priced 5-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at CheltenhamPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Jezki Deloitte-bound before Supreme bid
IRELAND'S leading two-mile novice hurdler Jezki could have one more run before trying to justify favouritism in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, with trainer Jessica Harrington nominating the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 9.
"Cheltenham is the plan and we need to get him there in one piece. He will probably take in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle on his way there. His future definitely looks bright," said Harrington.
Unbeaten in four runs over hurdles, including two Grade 1 victories on his last two starts, Jezki is a best-priced 5-1 for the opening race of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
A three-quarters of a length victory in his maiden hurdle was enough to convince Harrington to have a crack at the Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas, which the five-year-old won comfortably by eight lengths.
Grade 1 success in the Royal Bond from last season's Cheltenham and Punchestown festival bumper winner Champagne Fever further boosted Jezki's reputation and after his six-length festive victory over Waaheb, it is all systems go for Cheltenham.
"To say we are all delighted with Jezki's performance in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle would be an understatement - I was absolutely thrilled," added Harrington on her website.
"He won more impressively than he did in Fairyhouse and he never even came off the bridle. Probably the slightly better ground helped him and he just loves going left-handed, he's definitely better left-handed.
"They went a right good gallop, which was brilliant. The better the ground, the better for him. Robbie [Power] was also delighted and believed that that's the best ground he's had all year and that's the best performance he's put up all year."
Jessica Harrington: Moriarty plan for smart novice Oscars WellPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Harrington was also keen to emphasise there will be other days for her other stable star to run over the Christmas period.
Oscars Well chased home leading Racing Post Arkle contender Arvika Ligeonniere last time and he too could be out again in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown on the same day.
"Oscars Well ran with great credit to finish second in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase. He lost nothing in defeat and it was no shame to finish second to a horse of the calibre of Arvika Ligeonniere.
"Having tracked the leaders he made smooth progress throughout and just failed to peg back the winner who made all. He pleased me with the way he battled all the way to the line and he will have plenty more days.
"We'll probably look to step him up in trip now and he'll probably run in the Moriarty next. He could then go for the Jewson at Cheltenham, or we could miss Cheltenham altogether and run in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse."