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Jezki confirmed for Hatton's Grace tilt

By Martin Kelly

Trainer Jessica Harrington has confirmed Jezki an intended runner in the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The five-year-old struck three times at Grade One level as a novice last season and also finished an excellent third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He made a pleasing return to action when scoring at Down Royal at the start of the month and sidestepped a clash with Hurricane Fly in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown to wait for this weekend's two-and-a-half-mile feature.

Harrington said: "The plan is to run him in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle, all being well.

"He seems to be in great form and I have been very happy with him."

Jezki claimed the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on the same card 12 months ago, a race in which Harrington will be double-handed this time around.

The County Kildare handler is set to saddle talented mare Gambling Girl and Mr Fiftyone, last seen chasing home Diakali at Naas.

"They will both run in The Royal Bond," she said. "Gambling Girl was very impressive at Down Royal. I wasn't that surprised with the way that she won, as she had won her maiden very well at Gowran.

"Mr Fiftyone won his bumper and maiden hurdle very well and the form of those races has been franked since."

Also bound for the Royal Bond is the Eddie Harty-trained Minella Foru, providing there is some ease in the ground.

Harty said: "At this moment in time, the Royal Bond is the plan. If the ground quickens up a good bit we might have to have to another look."

Meanwhile, Melodic Rendezvous is "95% likely" to take his chance in the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday.

Last season's Tolworth Hurdle winner missed the big Festivals in the spring, but appeared better than ever when successful on his return to action in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton earlier this month.

Trainer Jeremy Scott had considered running him in the bet365 Intermediate Hurdle – better known as the Gerry Feilden – at Newbury on Thursday, but Melodic Rendezvouz will instead head to Gosforth Park for an intriguing clash with My Tent Or Yours.

"I'd say he's 95% likely to run at Newcastle and Nick Scholfield will ride," said Scott.

"He's in good form and this race was the main plan since Wincanton."

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