Jessica Harrington Stable Tour

    The first lady of National Hunt racing enjoyed another fine campaign last season and here she runs the rule over those she hopes will bring her County Kildare yard more successes in 2018/19.
  • Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Stable Tours

Jessica Harrington has been in the upper echelons of the Irish National Hunt training ranks for well over a decade now.

While she will forever be associated with the legendary two-mile chaser Moscow Flyer, Harrington has had a string of Grade 1 winners through her hands including the likes of Macs Joy, and more recently, Jezki and Sizing John.

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 and recently training the four-time Group 1 winner Alpha Centauri.

However, Harrington continues to go from strength-to-strength in the National Hunt game too and with a fine selection of horses to go to war with in 2018/19, she is hopeful of having yet another season to remember.

Jessica was good enough to give the lowdown on her team to Kevin Blake of attheraces.com.

All Horses

Alletrix

Form Profile:

A 130-rated hurdler, she won twice over hurdles last season as well as finishing Grade 1-placed at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Trainer Says:

She schooled over fences this morning and the plan is to go novice chasing with her. She wouldn’t have been one that we always had earmarked for fences, but she has grown a lot in the last year, so she looks to have enough scope to go chasing now. I’d say two-and-a-half miles might end up being her trip.

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Another Barney

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he made a winning hurdling debut at Naas in January prior to running below form in a Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown in February.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to novice chasing with him. Everything here is just a little bit behind time, as I’ve been waiting to school them all on the grass, but with the weather as it is, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to do that any time soon, so we are just schooling them on the all-weather strip. He’ll start off at two miles and we’ll probably step him up in trip after that, but he’s only a five-year-old that still has to strengthen up, so we won’t ask too much of him. He’s a fine big horse that we’ve been looking forward to seeing over a fence.

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Barrington Court

Form Profile:

Ran well to finish second in all three of her starts in bumpers last season.

Trainer Says:

She’s back in training and is waiting for soft ground. Once she gets it, we’ll probably start her off in a mares’ bumper and then look to go hurdling with her. I’d say she’ll be a two miler.

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Forge Meadow

Form Profile:

A 146-rated hurdler, she won a Listed and a Grade 3 hurdle last season.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go novice chasing with her and she has schooled well over fences here. She is ready to go and as soon as there is a little bit of an ease in it, she’ll run. She has always been an enthusiastic mare and we’ll naturally be a bit worried when she goes down to the first on her chasing debut, but once that goes well I’m sure she’ll be fine.

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Impact Factor

Form Profile:

A 139-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Punchestown prior to finishing second in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Naas last season.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go novice chasing with him and he has been schooling well. He’s a fine horse by Flemensfirth and chasing has always been in our minds for him. I’d say two-and-a-half miles will be his trip.

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Jett

Form Profile:

A 141-rated chaser, he won twice over fences and ran well in Graded novice chase company last season.

Trainer Says:

He is one for handicap chases now. He likes decent ground, but wouldn’t necessarily want it quite as quick as it is at the moment. I’d be hopeful he can pay his way.

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Jetz

Form Profile:

A 142-rated hurdler, he finished a head second to Tower Bridge in the Grade 1 Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Trainer Says:

He will go novice chasing and I’ve been happy with his schooling. He’ll start off at two miles, but has shown that he stays further than that. He handles soft ground well and we’ll just wait for some rain before he starts back.

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Jezki

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - La Noire (Phardante)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Navan, 11 Nov 2018 13:35
  • Result: 2/6, tracked leaders, mistake 4th, 3rd halfway, pushed along in 4th approaching 2 out, 2nd after 2 out and soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace
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Form Profile:

A 151-rated hurdler, he is an eight-time Grade 1 winner over hurdles, winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 and the World Series Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in 2015.

Trainer Says:

Jezki is back and there is a conditions hurdle coming up for him soon that he’ll start back in. He seems in really good form and is a pleasure to have in the yard.

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Madison To Monroe

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he won a maiden hurdle at Tipperary in May and finished third in a Listed novice hurdle at Limerick in October.

Trainer Says:

I was delighted with his run at Limerick last Sunday and the plan is to stay hurdling with him for this season. He’s only five and is a big horse, so we’ll look after him this season with a view to the future.

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Moonshine Bay (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Chantoue Royale (Cadoudal)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Down Royal, 7 May 2018 15:00
  • Result: Won/5, held up in last and travelled in snatches, pushed along 4th and detached next, good headway on inner into 2nd after 3 out, ridden in 2nd next, improved to lead approaching last, stayed on well run-in
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Form Profile:

A 129-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Clonmel and a winners’ hurdle at Down Royal this year.

Trainer Says:

He will go novice chasing. He came through the point-to-point fields and has schooled well here, so he should be well suited by the larger obstacles.

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Not Many Left

Form Profile:

A 135-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle and finished third in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Thurles last season.

Trainer Says:

We might start him off over hurdles, but he will go novice chasing this season. Two-and-a-half to three miles will be his trip and he looks one that will be well suited to chasing.

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Port Stanley

Form Profile:

The winner of a point-to-point at Portrush in May, he subsequently changed hands for £65,000.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely horse that we won after he won a point-to-point. I’m not sure whether we’ll start him in a bumper or go straight over hurdles yet, but he’s a horse I’m looking forward to.

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Press Conference

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he finished a promising second to Carefully Selected in a bumper at Naas in February prior to disappointing in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

We are likely to start him off in a bumper and then go hurdling with him. He is a fine big horse that did very well over the summer. He’s likely to want further than two miles, but I’d be hopeful he can win a bumper before he goes hurdling.

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Sizing John (GB)

Form Profile:

A 169-rated chaser, he won the Irish Gold Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup in 2016/17, but was restricted to just two starts last season due to injury.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great form. After the injury he picked up last season he was in rehab until June, had two weeks at grass and then came back to us. I didn’t enter him in the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal as I thought it might come a bit quick for him and the ground would likely be firmer than ideal. He could start off in the Fortria, the John Durkan or he could potentially wait until Christmas. I think he’s nearly ready, but we just need to get more work into him to see exactly where we are with him. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is his main target.

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Sizing Pottsie (FR)

Form Profile:

The first foal out of a mare that won a Listed race over fences, he realised €220,000 as a three-year-old at the Derby Sale. He made a winning debut in a bumper at Leopardstown in March prior to finishing fourth in a valuable sales bumper at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great form. The plan is to go straight over hurdles with him. I think I’ll start him at two miles, as he doesn’t seem to be slow, but he should stay two-and-a-half miles. He’s a very nice horse and I’d be hopeful he could make up into a Graded-class novice hurdler.

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Supasundae (GB)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Galileo - Distinctive Look (Danehill)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 27 Apr 2018 17:30
  • Result: Won/7, soon chased leaders in 4th, pushed along at stages, under pressure from 6th, left 2nd from 3 out, on terms from before straight, soon led, asserted approaching last where mistake, kept on run-in and reduced lead towards finish
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Form Profile:

A 164-rated hurdler, he graduated into Grade 1 company last season, winning the Irish Champion Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great order. He’ll be given entries in the Morgiana and the Hatton’s Grade and will kick on to Christmas from there. We are very much keeping our options open with him and he could end up anywhere from two miles to two-and-a-half miles to three miles.

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The Holy One

Form Profile:

A 125-rated hurdler, he ran well without winning over hurdles last season.

Trainer Says:

He’s still a maiden over hurdles, but he ran very well in defeat at the Punchestown Festival and is a nice horse. He’ll start off over hurdles and while there is a chance he could go over fences at some stage, he’s probably more likely to stay hurdling.

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Whisperinthebreeze (GB)

  • 5-y-o; gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Silver Spinner (Silver Patriarch)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 17 Nov 2018 12:35
  • Result: 2/9, tracked leader, 3rd halfway, mistake 4 out, pushed along and no impression in 6th after next, went 2nd before last, no chance with easy winner, kept on one pace
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Form Profile:

A 125-rated hurdler, he won a maiden hurdle at Naas in February and ran well without winning in novice company thereafter.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to go novice chasing with him. He is more or less ready to go now and is just waiting for some rain. Two-and-a-mile to three miles will be his trip.

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Woodland Opera (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 154-rated chaser, he has hit a rich vein of form in recent months, winning twice over hurdles as well as the Grade 2 PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park.

Trainer Says:

He’s had a really good summer and he has earned his place in the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal. He seems to be improving at the age of eight, which is great! After that, he’ll have a little break for the winter with a view to coming back for the spring.

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