naas 10th Nov
Jezki and Barry Geraghty lead over the last
(Healy Racing Photos)
Jezki teed up a tilt at next month's Royal Bond Novice Hurdle with a faultless display in the Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas.
Jessica Harrington's smart bumper performer had struck over the same course on his jumps debut late last month and oozed class on this step up to Grade Three level.
Barry Geraghty restrained him in fourth for much of the way before looming up alongsides Un Beau Matin two flights out, and a smart leap at the last saw the 13-8 favourite ease to the front and readily draw eight lengths clear.
Noel Meade's 1-3 favourite Ned Buntline, narrowly beaten byp>Jezki in a bumper in January on his only start, sauntered to a five-and-a-half-length victory in the Go Racing In Kildare Membership 2013 INH Flat Race under Nina Carberry.
The trainer also won with Texas Jack (3-1 joint-favourite) in the Arkle 50 Years Anniversary Beginners Chase. The six-year-old struggled in top novice hurdle company last season but there was promise in his recent reappearance run and the switch to fences worked the oracle.
The triple bumper winner was sent into a huge lead entering the back straight and jumped adequately to maintain his advantage.< Operating closed the gap slightly after Rory O'Moore pecked on landing three out, but Andrew McNamara galvanised his mount from that point and had 31 lengths to spare at the line.
A Decent Excuse (7-2) made it ninth time lucky with a 33-length stroll in the Foley's Antiques Naas Maiden Hurdle, while the Event Hire At Naas Racecourse Handicap Hurdle went to 7-4 favourite Worldor, who defied a 10lb rise for winning over course and distance less than a fortnight ago.
Declan Bates delivered the perfect waiting ride on the Philip Rothwell trained Saoirse Dun (12/1), winner of the Thoroughbred County Novice Handicap Steeplechase at Naas today.