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Jewel out to show sparkle

Jennies Jewel bids to follow up her win in last year's Tara Hurdle at Navan, where the recent Grade Three-winning chaser is burdened by second top-weight.

The Jarlath Fahey-trained mare has been a model of consistency throughout her career and, having been placed twice at Grade One level over hurdles, made the breakthrough in Graded company at Clonmel last month when winning the TA Morris Mares Novice Chase under regular rider Ian McCarthy.

The seven-year-old landed last year's renewal of the Tara Hurdle from a mark just 1lb below her current rating and that fills Fahey with some confidence.

He said: "She's only rated 1lb higher than when she won the race last year and has been in good form since her win at Clonmel. We decided to take a chance back over hurdles here with the good prize-money.

"She has been a very good mare for us and the more rain that falls on Saturday night won't do her chances any harm.

"She's entered for a Grade One three-mile novice chase at Leopardstown and there's also a conditions race at Punchestown on New Year's Eve for her. She'll go back to racing against mares in January and February, when she'll run in those mares novice chases."

Among the many dangers are Charles Byrnes' Lite Duties, the JP McManus-owned Harvey Logan and War Of Attrition's brother Pencilhimin, with each aiming to complete a hat-trick of recent wins.

One horse who had his winning bubble burst at Cork last month was Bentelimar who, having won three times in succession for Philip Fenton, now races for the first time for trainer Shay Barry.

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