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Gavin Cromwell is aiming Jer's Girl at the Spring Juvenile Hurdle back at Leopardstown on February 6.
Winner of her first two outings over timber, including a Listed race at Aintree, she was thrown in against the boys for the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle.
Everything appeared to be going to plan as she attempted to make all and was still leading on the run to the last, only to be caught in the dying strides by a fellow filly, Willie Mullins' Apple's Jade.
"I was gutted, but I'd say they are two very smart fillies," said Cromwell.
"To beat the boys and still not win is a little hard to take, but she ran a cracker.
"We'll probably go back to Leopardstown on February 6 for the Grade One. That's the plan.
"She doesn't have to have heavy ground but I'd say she's more effective on it.
"We'll give her the Cheltenham entries, in the Triumph and the new mares' race, and see what the ground is like. Cheltenham don't let it get too fast these days."