Jessica Harrington has been in the upper echelons of the Irish National Hunt training ranks and a regular in the Cheltenham Festival winner’s enclosure for over two decades.
While she will forever be associated with the legendary Moscow Flyer, a dual winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Harrington has had a string of Grade 1 winners through her hands including Cork All Star, Boston’s Angel and Jezki, who all bagged big races at the Cheltenham Festival.
Not content with winning Grade 1 races over jumps, in recent years Harrington has very much become known as a dual-purpose trainer, with her joining the prestigious Group 1 club when saddling Pathfork to win the National Stakes at the Curragh in 2010.
However, Harrington is still very much a major force in the National Hunt game and that was firmly underlined at the festival in 2017 when she hit a brilliant treble - Sizing John in the Gold Cup, Supasundae in the Coral Cup and Rock The World in the Grand Annual.
Harrington has a fine selection of horses to go to war with at Cheltenham and two of last year’s winning trio - Supasundae and Rock The World - are joined by Irish Grand National hero Our Duke amongst others.
Here, the Moone-based maestro gives Kevin Blake of attheraces.com the lowdown on her 2018 Cheltenham Festival raiders.