Jezki: soon to be seen in the famous green and gold colours of McManusPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
McManus snaps up Supreme favourite Jezki
JEZKI, ante-post favourite for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle, has been bought by JP McManus for an undisclosed sum and will remain in training with Jessica Harrington.
The five-year-old has won all four starts over hurdles for breeder Gerard McGrath and is a dual Grade 1 winner, having landed the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse and the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle by six lengths at Leopardstown last month.
Speaking at Punchestown after saddling Madam Bovary to win the opening race on the card, Harrington said: "I can confirm that the sale of Jezki to JP McManus has been completed."
The son of Milan, as short as 3-1 for the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival on March 12, is expected to have his prep run in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 9.
Jezki has been beaten only twice in eight starts. He finished eighth behind Champagne Fever in the Weatherby’s Champion Bumper and fifth in a two-mile Flat race at Navan in October.
His brother, Jenari, a four-time winner, is trained by Harrington for McManus while Jezki is a half brother to Jerad, who won seven races for Noel Meade, and also to the Harrington-trained Jetson, the winner of four races.
McManus is the leading owner at the Cheltenham Festival with 37 wins and landed the Supreme with Like-A-Butterfly in 2002 and Captain Cee Bee in 2008.