Jezki is from a very strong jumping family and could hardly have done any better than make a winning start in what looked a strong newcomers race over the C&D in January. He'll have come on for the experience but so will FORCED KIN, who ran extremely green on his debut at Thurles where he travelled very well for much of the way and can take advantage of the weight received from his main rival. Jessica Harrington, who trains Jezki, holds a strong hand as newcomer The Big Easy is bred to have plenty of pace and could prove a threat to all.
Jezki (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 7th 4f out, ridden in 6th entering straight, stayed on into 2nd 1f out, challenged inside final furlong and led close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf in Jan beating Ned Buntline (11-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Academy Timberoe (IRE) Refuse To Bend gelding out of Sakkara Star.
Forced Kin (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Waited with, went 2nd travelling well approaching straight, challenged from 2f out, soon no impression under pressure and drifted left, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Another Challenge (11-2) at Thurles 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Fruits Of Gold (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and no extra approaching straight, weakened, last of 8, 49l behind Ange Blanc (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Old Pride (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Feel The Pride.
Percys Choice (IRE) Choisir gelding out of Solemn Promise.
The Big Easy (IRE) Hurricane Run gelding out of Flaming Song.
Travis McGee (FR) Kahyasi gelding out of Detonante.