Winning chase debut from Texas Jack
Texas Jack (nearside) and Make A Track
(Healy Racing Photos)
The pair had met twice over hurdles and, with the score 1-1 before today's race, were separated by a just one length today, with Texas Jack (3/1jf), under Paul Carberry, getting the better of things on the run-in.
“He's a nice horse and is a half brother to Drumconvis and this is more his job than hurdling. He lost his way a bit last year and had a bit of a problem with his back which we couldn't sort out. He was hanging then but isn't doing that this year.
“He's in the Drinmore Chase and might go there but we'll have to see what else I have for that race. I think the further he goes the better he'll be and I hope he turns out to be a good horse for his owner Robert Watson who is a lovely man and a smashing owner to train for.”
The race also featured Teelin Star (3/1jf), a hugely impressive dual point to point winner, but the gelding ran no race and was pulled up having weakened tamely from three out.
Further reporting by Gary Carson
The Jessica Harrington trained Jezki made a successful step up from maiden hurdle company to maintain his unbeaten hurdle record in the Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas today.