Jessica Harrington Stable Tour

    Jessica Harrington enjoyed several big-race victories last season, including in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Irish Grand National, and here the Curragh trainer gives us her verdict on her main hopes which could provide more red-letter days in 2017/18.
  • Thursday 12 October 2017
  • Stable Tours

Jessica Harrington has been a standing dish in the top 10 in the Irish National Hunt trainers’ table 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, Cork All Star and Jezki.

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 enjoyed plenty of success at the major spring festivals last season, the highlights being Sizing John’s Grade 1hat-trick in the Irish Gold Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup as well as Our Duke’s victory the Irish Grand National.

With a fine selection of horses to go to war with in 2017/18, she is hopeful of having another season to remember and was good enough to give Kevin Blake of attheraces.com the lowdown on her team.

All Horses

Forge Meadow

Form Profile:

A 136-rated hurdler, she won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Naas last season.

Trainer Says:

I was happy with her comeback run behind Jezki, she was just a bit fresh and got very tired on the ground. She’s been very good since then and I think she’s a good bit stronger this season. The plan is to run her in mares’ hurdles from two miles up to two-and-a-half miles. Longer term, we’d hope she might end up running in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Jezki

Form Profile:

A 155-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. He made a winning return to action in a Grade 3 hurdle at Tipperary in October.

Trainer Says:

We were delighted with his comeback run, he really showed his old sparkle and he has been in great form since. We aren’t sure what direction we’ll go with him yet. He’s likely to have an entry in the Morgiana Hurdle and we’ll see after that, but I’d say he probably will end up going back up in trip.

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Lesley Dawn (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Glen Empress (Lancastrian)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Down Royal, 3 Nov 2017 13:15
  • Result: 3/6, chased leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 3 out, improved into 2nd before 2 out, pressed leader when left in lead 2 out and slightly hampered, soon ridden and pressed, headed approaching last, no extra and dropped to 3rd run-in
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Form Profile:

Made an impressive winning hurdling debut in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown in May.

Trainer Says:

She was meant to run at Gowran Park, but we decided to wait with her. She’s a lovely mare and is in great order. It was great to see her win her maiden hurdle as she did, as we thought she’d do that in the Tattersalls bumper at Fairyhouse, but she was in season that day. She’s a strong filly that will go down the mares’ novice hurdle route from two miles to two-and-a-half miles. I wouldn’t have any fears for soft ground for her. I’d hope she can be a Graded filly over hurdles.

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Our Duke (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Good Thyne Jenny (Good Thyne)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Down Royal, 4 Nov 2017 14:30
  • Result: 7/8, mid-division, slow 3rd, dropped to rear when mistake 9th, slight mistake next and pushed along, soon detached, no impression 5 out, no extra in straight
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Form Profile:

A 167-rated chaser, he won the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown and the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse last season.

Trainer Says:

I’m really looking forward to him. He looks fantastic and seems to be well forward. He’ll be given an entry in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal and that will be his starting point. After that, he might take in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase over the shorter trip, just to sharpen him up, then we’ll look at the Lexus, the Irish Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The owners weren’t keen to go to the Cheltenham Festival last season and I was quite happy with that with a view to the future, but we’ll be very much hoping to be there this season with him.

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Rock The World

Form Profile:

A 153-rated chaser, he won the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Trainer Says:

He will have a few runs during the winter, but he is basically a spring horse the obvious targets for him are the big spring festivals.

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Sandymount Duke

Form Profile:

A 157-rated chaser, he won three chases in succession prior to finishing fifth in the Galway Plate last summer.

Trainer Says:

His big aim is the Aintree Grand National. He’ll have a winter break and will probably be back on the track in February.

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Sizing John

Form Profile:

A 168-rated chaser, he only joined Harrington last season, but had a tremendously successful campaign, winning the Irish Gold Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great order and looks amazing. His first target is the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and the big hope is to attempt the Triple Crown of that, the King George and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He is where we want him at the moment and hopefully he’ll stay on target all season.

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Someday (GB)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - Like Manner (Teenoso)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Naas, 11 Nov 2017 13:45
  • Result: 2/12, tracked leaders, headway to lead and slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and briefly edged left, headed approaching last, slight mistake again at last, kept on without threatening winner run-in
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Form Profile:

Won a bumper at Leopardstown prior to finishing fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Punchestown Festival. He shaped with promise on his hurdling debut at Punchestown in May.

Trainer Says:

He looks fantastic. He’ll start off in a maiden hurdle in the next couple of weeks. I’d say he’ll enjoy two-and-a-half miles and he seems versatile with regard to ground. He has got stronger this season and one would hope he could progress into a Graded novice hurdler.

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Supasundae (GB)

Form Profile:

A 159-rated hurdler, he progressed over hurdles to win the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival prior to finishing second to Yanworth in Grade 1 company at Aintree last season.

Trainer Says:

He will go down the three-mile hurdle route. He was only just beaten at Aintree and that was a great run considering he had a long season to that point, as we’d run him plenty of times to get experience into it. Based on his rating, he doesn’t have far to go to be up there with the best of them in that division and hopefully he’ll improve again this season. He wants a decent surface and I’d be inclined to keep him off testing ground if I can at all.

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Woodland Opera

Form Profile:

A 150-rated chaser, he came good over fences when winning a valuable novices’ handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great order. I was going to start him off last week, but we decided to wait in the hope of finding some less testing ground to start him back on. The new plan is to start him off at Punchestown next week. He won over two miles and five furlongs last season, but he might have been coming to the end of his tether there and he might just be best at shorter trips than that.

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