The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle Tuesday 23rd April 2013 

2012 result

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Jezki Bursts Champagne Bubble

1 Jezki 2/1
2 Ted Veale 12/1
3 Champagne Fever EvensF
6 ran Distances: 16l, ¾l, 3¾l
TIME 4m 10.60s (slow by 24.60s)

Jessica Harrington's star Jezki got back on the winning trail with a scintillating display in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

© Caroline Norris

Unbeaten in his first four starts over timber, the five-year-old (2-1) beat the Willie Mullins-trained Champagne Fever earlier in the season but was only third behind the same opponent in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.

With the scores even, the pair renewed rivalry in this Grade One event and even-money favourite Champagne Fever was once again sent straight to the lead, but while he shook off his opponents at Prestbury Park, Jezki travelled noticeably best rounding the home turn this time and soon asserted under Barry Geraghty.

He safely negotiated the final flight to seal a comfortable victory, with County Hurdle winner Ted Veale beating Champagne Fever to the runner-up spot.



The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle
2m , Race Win Time: 4:10.6, Race Value: €80,000
6 ran
Going: Heavy

Place Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
3. Jezki
b g Milan (GB) - La Noire
5, 11-12
Mrs John Harrington B.J. Geraghty 2/1
16 Lengths
6. Ted Veale
b g Revoque - Rose Tanner
6, 11-12
A.J.Martin P. Carberry 12/1
3/4 Length
2. Champagne Fever
gr g Stowaway (GB) - Forever Bubbles
6, 11-12
W.P. Mullins R. Walsh Evens
3 3/4 Lengths
1. Art Of Logistics
b g Exit To Nowhere (USA) - Sanadja
5, 11-12
D. T. Hughes B.J. Cooper 33/1
9 Lengths
4. Mallowney
br g Oscar - Silkaway
7, 11-12
Timothy Doyle Andrew J. McNamara 33/1
5. Rule The World (GB)
b g Sulamani - Elaine Tully
6, 11-12
M.F.Morris D.N. Russell 4/1
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