Bocca Baciata heads to Ascot

Bocca Baciata will attempt to banish memories of a recent disappointment in France by running in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.

Bocca Baciata (right): All set for Ascot

The Group Two-winning filly finished last in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August, and is now set to revert to a mile and a half on Qipco Champions Day on October 15.

Bocca Baciata finished fifth behind Simple Verse in the Fillies & Mares Stakes last season.

Harrington told the Irish Times: "She didn't travel well to France last time so we're not going to go further (than England).

"God knows why she ran like that. God knows why horses run like that. But she obviously wasn't herself.

"So, all being well, she'll go to Ascot for the Filly & Mare over a mile and a half.

"She's won a Group Two, a Group Three and a Listed (race), so it would obviously be nice to get a Group One."

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Jezki, the 2014 champion hurdler, is reported in good order by Harrington as he recovers from an injury that has kept him out of action since he defeated Hurricane Fly at Punchestown last April.

Now an eight-year-old, he has been mentioned as a potential World Hurdle contender at the Cheltenham Festival next March.

Harrington said: "He is back with me but I'm not sure what the plan is yet.

"I will have to talk to Frank (Berry, owner JP McManus' racing manager).

"It's one day at a time with the horse, but I would imagine if he is to stay over hurdles it will be down the staying route."

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