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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Harrington hoping for lift off with Jett in high-class renewal

Jett; reported in tremendous form by Jessica Harrington
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7.10 Killarney 
Beaufort Golf Club An Riocht Chase (Grade 3) | 2m4½f, 5yo+ | ATR

Jett's flight has been delayed, due to a lack of suitable opportunities at the Punchestown festival last month, and Jessica Harrington is hoping her patience will pay off in this red-hot Grade 3. 

"Jett is in tremendous form," she said. "We decided to wait and come to Killarney with him as there was nothing really suitable for him at Punchestown.

"It looks a hot race but he's a good horse and we're hoping for a big run." 

Ballyoisin was in action at Punchestown, finishing eighth of 24 behind True Self in a handicap hurdle, and Enda Bolger believes that pipe-opener will leave him in peak condition for this contest. 

Bolger said: "Ballyoisin didn't run too badly at all at Punchestown. That run should leave him cherry ripe for this and I think he'll run well, although it's a very strong race. The track, trip and soft ground should be ideal for him."

Ballyoisin is the joint top-rated in the race with a mark of 156 alongside Shaneshill, who was not at all disgraced when third to the rejuvenated Faugheen in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. 

Shaneshill returns to fences for the first time since being pulled up in the John Durkan at Punchestown in December, a race won by 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John. 

Willie Mullins is also represented by the bitterly disappointing American Tom, who will need to reignite the flame from early on in his career to feature in a race of this nature. 

The free-going Alisier D'Irlande seems to know only one way of running and is likely to set the pace. He was last seen finishing third behind Great Field at Navan in March.

The concluding 2m1f bumper (8.40) sees the return to action of Churchtown Glen, the Mick Winters-trained five-year-old who has been off the track since catching the eye of the stewards at Cork in November. 

Churchtown Glen finished seventh of 23 in a 2m maiden hurdle and the stewards deemed that the run fell under Rule 212 and suspended the horse for 90 days.

That rule states: "Any person involved in the running and/or riding of a horse in a race who deliberately or recklessly causes or permits a horse to run other than on its merits shall be guilty of an offence under this sub-rule."

Winters subsequently had his fine reduced from €6,000 to €4,500 after an appeal, while jockey Barry John Foley's ban was cut to 14 days from 21.

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Jett is in tremendous form. We decided to wait and come to Killarney with him as there was nothing really suitable for him at Punchestown
E.W. Terms
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