Jezki wins easily on first run for 632 days

Jezki: won the 2014 Champion Hurdle

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Jezki wins easily on
first run for 632 days By Justin O'Hanlon 1:10PM 21 JAN 2017

Report: Navan, Saturday

Race Displays Event Signage Hurdle 2m, 5yo+

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JEZKI returned from a 632-day absence with a comfortable win. The 2014 Champion Hurdle winner made light work of six rivals to justify 11-8 favouritism from the Willie Mullins-trained Renneti.

With Ascot abandoned Barry Geraghty took the ride and barely had a moment's worry as he cruised round with, and then quickened clear of, inferior rivals.

Despite this comeback being over the minimum trip, Betfair more than halved the nine-year-old's price to 6-1 (from 14) for the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle. He was cut to 25-1 (from 40) for a second Champion Hurdle.

Trainer Jessica Harrington and owner J P McManus have waited a long to get the eight-time Grade 1 winner back on the track but their patience was rewarded in fine style as Jezki announced himself as a contender at the Cheltenham Festival.

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