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Geraghty is quick to hail retired Jezki

 

Barry Geraghty
Barry Geraghty

By Nick Robson

Barry Geraghty has paid tribute to Jezki after the 2014 Champion Hurdle winner was retired at the age of 11.

Trained throughout his whole career by Jessica Harrington, he was always highly regarded after winning his first two bumpers.

He appeared at five successive Cheltenham Festivals, finishing eighth and third behind Champagne Fever in the Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle respectively on his first two visits.

Jezki rounded off his novice season with a Grade One win at Punchestown - but it was the following campaign for which he will be remembered.

He won the Hatton's Grace before Hurricane Fly had his measure twice at Leopardstown, but at Cheltenham, on quicker ground, he beat My Tent Or Yours, in the same JP McManus silks, by a neck with Hurricane Fly only fourth.

With Sir Anthony McCoy choosing My Tent Or Yours, Geraghty came in for the ride on Jezki in the Champion Hurdle.

"He was brilliant, I had a great run on him over the years," said Geraghty. "I won the big novice hurdle at Punchestown on him one year and then obviously the Champion Hurdle when he beat My Tent Or Yours.

"He was around in a great age of two-mile hurdlers, like Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and My Tent. He was a brilliant horse.

"He clashed with Hurricane Fly so many times. Jessie did a great job with him."

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