Jessica Harrington Stable Tour 2019/20

Naas Sun 20 October 2019 For The Trees with part-owner Jessica Harrington after winning The Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap

Times continue to change at Commonstown as the successful Flat part of Jessica Harrington’s operation continues to thrive. But she is coming off a very good campaign over jumps in 2018-19 and the number of winners stood up well against her best totals of previous seasons.

Not being able to get 2017 Gold Cup winner Sizing John out last season was a real disappointment, but the good news is that he is returning this year with Harrington eager to take on a new generation of staying chasers leading to another Cheltenham Gold Cup bid.

Supasundae was a model of consistency last season and will be back for another year, while Magic Of Life’s staying-on second to Tiger Roll in the Grand National gives the trainer a real prospect of spoiling that particular party next April.

The number of new faces is likely to be lower than in previous seasons, but there will be plenty of unexposed sorts raring to go and there is plenty to look forward to.

Stable profile

Yard Commonstown Stud
Where Moone, County Kildare
Assistant trainer/head groom Eamonn Leigh
Assistant trainer Kate Harrington
Travelling head groom Niall Amond
Assistant travelling head groom Esme Cooke
Jockeys Robert Power, Paddy Kennedy
Claiming riders Sean O’Keeffe, Conor Orr
Amateurs Finny Maguire, Luke McGuinness
Office managers Ally Couchman, Amy Buckley
Yard managers Matt Crosse, Adrian Bolger, Nigel Byrne and Martina Kerins  
Started training 1989
Horses in yard 75
Members of staff 50
Twitter @Jessica_Racing
Stable sponsor Unibet

Winners in Ireland
2018-19 47
2017-18 38
2016-17 48
2015-16 47

Profit/loss to €1 stake
2018-19 -€24.39
2017-18 -€211.75
2016-17 -€121.84
2015-16 +€4.94

Prize-money 2018-19

Barrington Court
Five-year-old mare Mastercraftsman (sire) – Arabian Hideaway (dam)
Owner: JP McManus
Form figures: 22/130-3
Racing Post Rating: 123 (hurdles)
She’s a lovely mare and I’m hoping to target the good mares’ hurdles with her. She’s still a maiden – she was just unlucky to get a couple of niggly injuries last season. But I have great faith in her and I think she’s a very good mare. She wants a good dig in the ground and I hope she’ll start off in December.

Barrington Court (left) will be aimed at the good mares novice hurdles this season – Patrick McCann

5g Mastercraftsman – Numbers Game
John B O’Hagan
RPR 130h Official Rating 126h
He has a love affair with Punchestown having won there three times. He’ll be going to Cheltenham in November for an intermediate handicap hurdle over 2m5f. He’s getting stronger all the time. We’ll see how he gets on at Cheltenham before we decide where he’ll go, but he could go to Leopardstown at Christmas where he could get some nice ground. If he runs well at Cheltenham he could end up there at the festival, maybe in the Coral Cup.

Punchestown specialist Conron could be a Coral Cup horse – Alain Barr

5g Salutino – Collinstown Queen
The Oddfellows Partnership
RPR 136h OR 130h
He’s a lovely horse. I was delighted with him last year. He improved as the season went on and he had some very good runs, including at Cheltenham, and he’ll go novice chasing. I think that’s what he’s built to do.

Discordantly (right) could make a mark in novice chases this season – Caroline Norris

Emily Moon
5f Beneficial – Wood Lily
Mrs P Myerscough
RPR 131h OR 131h
She’s qualified to run in the Grade 3 mares’ novice hurdle at Down Royal and that’s where she’ll go next. I can see her running in mares’ hurdles in Britain. She’s a lovely, big mare. She ran well at Gowran a few weeks ago, she needed it and she just blew up. She likes soft ground, she’ll race around 2m and hopefully she can go up to 2m4f.

Emily Moon will be contesting good mares hurdles this season – Caroline Norris

Envious Editor
5g Aizavoski – Moll The Rol
RPR 116h
He hurt himself when he last ran at Naas early in the year, but he’s back and he looks fantastic. He’s still a maiden over hurdles and we will campaign him in novice hurdles this season. We’ll start him off over 2m but I can see him going up to three in due course. He’s a chaser in the making.

Envious Editor (right) will try again over hurdles this season – Alain Barr

Dark horse

Exit Poll
5g Elusive Pimpernel – Carolobrian
Mrs Bernardine Mulryan
RPR 106h
I had been trying to run him all summer but the ground kept drying out, and he was far too fresh when we did manage to run him at Listowel. He’s very much a soft-ground horse. He’ll be out in early December and hopefully all roads will lead to Cheltenham with him.

Exit Poll is thought to have enough ability to go all the way to Cheltenham – Caroline Norris

Gold Des Bois
5g Full Of Gold – Equatoriale
RPR 91b
He was sick after he disappointed on his only bumper start. He’s strengthened up a lot over the summer and hopefully he’ll go the novice hurdle route over 2m to 2m4f. I like him, he’s a very nice horse.

Gold Des Bois, seen here winning his point-to-point, is expected to make his mark in novice hurdles – Healy Racing

Got Trumped
4g Thewayyouare – Madam President
David Reid Scott
RPR 132h OR 131h
He seems like a lot stronger horse this season. He’ll probably go down the handicap hurdle route and hopefully he’ll get some soft ground this season, which he was crying out for last season. He should be ready to run in late November or early December.

Got Trumped should be contesting the better handicap hurdles – Caroline Norris

Impact Factor
7g Flemensfirth – Hello Kitty
RPR 144c OR 143c
He’s a novice over fences until December 1 so we’ll try to take advantage of that, possibly at Down Royal or at Naas in early November. He’s nearly ready to go and he seems to be a lot more settled this season, so in that case I would hope that he can go 2m4f. He got his act together at the end of last season and he also never really got the soft ground he needs.

Impact Factor is thought good enough to make a real mark in chases over 2m4f – Caroline Norris

4f Milan – Jeree
G McGrath
RPR 96b
She’s a lovely filly who had two runs in bumpers and hopefully she can win a mares’ bumper. There’s one at Naas in a couple of weeks and then a Listed one at Navan in late November which we have in mind for her. We’ll probably bring her back in the spring after that. She’s a beautiful filly.

6g Getaway – Miss Squiff
G McGrath
RPR 142h OR 136h
He hurt himself when he fell at Naas in February and he won’t be back until Christmas. He’ll stay over hurdles at 2m to 2m4f. He’ll run in good handicap hurdles and I like him a lot. 

Jetez looks likely to go the handicap hurdle route – Caroline Norris

8g Flemensfirth – La Noire
G McGrath
RPR 138h 154c; OR 132h 154c
He was a revelation over 3m at Punchestown last week, when he did everything right. He’s not in the Grade 1 at Down Royal so the plan is to go to the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, and hopefully we can get some good ground there. He’s jumping much better now, he’s up to a mark of 154 and hopefully he’s good enough to justify that. He does want small fields though, and that keeps us on our toes a bit. Hopefully he’s good enough to run in a race like the Savills Chase at Christmas but he’s going in the right direction.

Jett looks set to step up on his revelatory performance at Punchestown – Caroline Norris

7g Flemensfirth – Miss Squiff
G McGrath
RPR 146c OR 145c
He’s in great form and is a smashing horse. He got a lot stronger over the summer and he seems to be in a good place. We’ll try him in conditions chases as a second-season novice, and we’ll probably be stepping him up to 3m. I think his jumping might be a lot better this season and he’ll go on any ground.

Jetz will try his hand in conditions chases this season – Patrick McCann

Jungle Junction
4g Elusive Pimpernel – Consignia
Mrs A Frost
RPR 110b
He’s very well and had a racecourse gallop the other day. He’s more or less ready to go and it’s just a matter of finding a suitable bumper for him. He’s a very nice horse and has strengthened up a lot over the summer. He’s a very good jumper and once he wins his bumper he’ll go on over hurdles. He stays well.

Jungle Junction looks capable of winning a bumper before going hurdling – Caroline Norris

Madison To Monroe
6g Presenting – Caltra Princess
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
RPR 127h OR 123h
He’s going chasing and he wants soft ground, which he didn’t really get last season. It’s the right time to go over fences with him. He’s going to be a 3m novice chaser – all he does is gallop.

Madison To Monroe could be an exciting staying novice chaser this season – Alain Barr

Magic Of Light
8m Flemensfirth – Quest Of Passion
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
RPR 162c 142h; OR 158c 113h
She’s come back in great form and is nearly ready to go. She’ll be campaigned in mares’ hurdles and mares’ chases before going back to the Grand National. She could even end up in the mares’ hurdle at Cheltenham as a prep race. I’m really pleased with her. We nearly did it last season so we’ll hopefully be the party pooper for Tiger Roll this time around! She’s an amazing mare and stays great, softer ground at Aintree might even suit her better. She’s eight going on nine but she seems to have come back to me bigger and stronger which is amazing.

Magic Of Light (left) will try and go one better in the Grand National in April – Alan Cowhurst

Moonshine Bay
6g Milan – Chantoue Royale
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
RPR 140c OR 140c
He probably won’t be out until Christmas and he is going to be in all the good staying handicap chases. He wants some nice ground so we’ll be getting him ready for the spring. He’s probably coming into his own now.

Moonshine Bay will be aimed at the good staying handicap chases – Patrick McCann

4g Martaline – Iris Du Berlais
JP McManus
RPR 127h OR 126h

He’s a grand horse but he just needs softer ground and to sharpen up his jumping. He’ll stay in 2m4f handicap hurdles on softer ground.

Morosini should be capable of winning in handicap hurdle company – Caroline Norris

8g Echo Of Light – Lily Beth
David Reid Scott

RPR 132h 146c; OR 127h 140c
He’s probably gone as far as he can with his mark over hurdles and fences, so he’s going away to be schooled for banks and cross-country races. He’ll run in a charity race on the Flat first and he could well be ready for the cross-country at Cheltenham in December.

Neverushacon will get a chance to show his ability in cross-country races – Caroline Norris

Not Many Left
6g Oscar – Lasado
RPR 153h OR 148h
He had that crashing fall at the last in the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle at Punchestown. He was running a hell of a race that day and he certainly wasn’t done with because he stays so well. He’ll run in all of the top staying hurdles over 2m4f to 3m. 3m suits him down to the ground. He could be the replacement for Supasundae in the staying hurdle races.

The improving Not Many Left will be aimed at the top staying hurdles – Caroline Norris

Papal Pearl
4f Doyen – Johnsons Coat
Joseph M Doyle
RPR 87b
She’s a very nice filly who finished third in the Land Rover Bumper. She’s a big mare but she’s very nice. She’ll go the bumper route and end up running over hurdles.

Polished Steel
5g Jeremy – Chaperoned
J P O’Flaherty
RPR 126h OR 123h
He’s absolutely flying. The plan is to go to Down Royal for the Graded handicap hurdle over 2m and then go for similar handicap hurdles at Punchestown and Fairyhouse. I think he could be very competitive in those good 2m handicaps off his mark. He’ll go on any ground.

Polished Steel will be going for the good 2m handicap hurdles – Caroline Norris

Port Stanley
5g Papal Bull – Prairie Moonlight
Linda Mulcahy & Mary Wolridge
RPR 112b
He obviously ran into a very good one in Envoi Allen at Fairyhouse last year in a bumper. He might start off in a bumper and then go for a maiden hurdle. I think he’s a very nice horse and funnily enough the time he had off since last year has really stood to him. On the company he kept last year he would probably be capable of winning most bumpers.

Port Stanley (right) looks set to make up for lost time this season – Alain Barr

Press Conference
6g Getaway – Beautiful Tune
RPR 112h OR 123h
He was another horse who never really got his ground last season. He’s come back in bigger and stronger and I would think he’ll go straight over fences. He has already won his point-to-point.

The lightly-raced Press Conference (left) will be going chasing this season –
Alain Barr

Robin Des Sivola
5m Robin Des Champs – Falcons Gift
Linda Mulcahy & Mary Wolridge
RPR 109h
She is a nice mare. She’s had a couple of good runs in bumpers but I imagine we’ll go straight on over hurdles with her.

Robin Des Sivola could be good enough to make a mark in 2m4f novice hurdles – Patrick McCann

Sandymount Duke
10g Hernando – Joleah
R Wood
RPR 157c 146h; OR 151c 137h
He keeps getting niggly little problems but I hope he’ll be back in the spring for a crack at the Grand National.

Sandymount Duke will be prepared for a Grand National bid – Patrick McCann

Star quality

Sizing John
9g Midnight Legend – La Perrotine
Ann & Alan Potts Partnership
RPR 173c OR 168c
At the moment we’re very happy with him. The plan is to go for a 2m4f hurdle with him somewhere, depending on the ground, with a view to getting him ready for Christmas. The plan more or less sorts itself out after that if all goes well. I think the 3m chase division is as competitive as it has ever been but he’s only going to be ten next year. There is plenty of time for him to come back and if he’s in good form we will go for the Gold Cup. If not, there is always the Grand National, so we have options.

2017 Gold Cup winner Sizing John will hopefully be back at full throttle – Caroline Norris

Sizing Pottsie 
5g Kapgarde – Line Salsa
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
RPR 122b 105h
He’ll stay novice hurdling this year. He’ll hopefully go and win his maiden hurdle and there’s a chance he’ll go over fences later on, it just depends on what he’s telling us. I think he’s a good horse.

Sizing Pottsie is expected to fulfill his undoubted potential this season – Caroline Norris

Star quality

9g Galileo – Distinctive Look
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
RPR 165h OR 160h
He won’t be out until Christmas and he’ll follow a similar route to last season. His only bad run last year was at Cheltenham. He came back and won well at Aintree and was second at Punchestown. 2m4f is his trip depending on the ground and the Aintree Hurdle is likely to be his main target again.

The marvellously consistent Supasundae will tread a familiar path this season – Caroline Norris

Walk To Freedom
9g Arcadio – Carryonharriet
Whole Of The Moone Syndicate
RPR 150h 142c; OR 142h 136c
He’s in great form after a wind operation. He’ll go handicap chasing as he’s better handicapped over fences. He’ll go for some of the big handicap chases over 3m because he loves big fields.

Walk To Freedom is likely to be aimed at the better 3m handicap chases – Caroline Norris

6g Kayf Tara – Silver Spinner
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
RPR 147c OR 139c
He ran some blinding races last season and is another who’ll go for the big 3m chases, maybe beginning with the Troytown at Navan next month. He did very well over the summer but he does want some nice ground.

Whisperinthebreeze will be aimed at the big 3m handicap chases this season – Caroline Norris

Some nice youngsters include Exultation (5g Secret Singer – Nanny) and the Robcour-owned point-to-point winner January Jets (5g Presenting – Poetics Girl). They will be ready for a bumper when the ground is soft enough. Mr Hendricks (5g Milan – Coming Home) is owned by David Reid Scott and will be going for a maiden hurdle. I also have a lovely three-year-old filly called Gin On Lime (3f Dr Dino – Quiche Lorraine) who we got from France and should be ready to run by Christmas. Annie Kate (4f Califet – Spartan Girl) is a half-sister to My Tent Or Yours and is a nice, racy four-year-old filly who will start off in a bumper shortly. Crosshill (4g Sholokhov – Rathvawn Belle) is a lovely horse. He hasn’t run but looks smart and could be a very nice hurdler. We’ll start him off in a bumper and go from there. 

Sum up last season in one word

Rival to watch
Tiger Roll
. We shall hopefully be crossing his path in the Grand National again.

Race in focus
The Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John, that’s what I’m particularly targeting.

Two for the tracker
If Impact Factor gets soft ground he’ll be a very nice horse for 2m4f chases, while January Jets has won his point-to-point and he could be one to follow in bumpers and novice hurdles.

Expert view

Ten days after Albigna won the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day at Longchamp, Jessica Harrington sent out Jett to cause a 22-1 shock in the Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase over 3m1f at Punchestown. Nothing sums up the trainer’s versatility better than that.

Harrington may have more quality on the Flat nowadays but she could still have a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender in 2017 hero Sizing John, and Supasundae is a three-time Grade 1 winner. The problem is that both turn ten in January, so adding to their list of top-level victories could prove an arduous task.

Jett’s success was another reminder of Harrington’s love affair with Punchestown. She has sent out 132 winners at the track in her training career, 61 more than anywhere else. Indeed, she is already showing a healthy €23.00 level-stakes profit from her eight runners at Punchestown this season.

There must be a big handicap chase in Whisperinthebreeze. The enthusiastic gelding hit a low of 2.2 in the Irish Grand National last April before fading into ninth, beaten 62 lengths.

Those positive tactics worked a treat when he won the Leopardstown Chase over 2m5f in February, and when he grows up properly and learns to channel his energy better he could make a mockery of his mark in a big 3m handicap chase. The Paddy Power will surely be on Harrington’s radar with him.

Emily Moon could be well-handicapped too, especially on deep, winter ground. She looked in need of the blowout on her return to action at Gowran and there are some valuable mares’ handicap hurdles that will be right up her street. Don’t be surprised to see her turn up at Kempton for some graded mares hurdles this season.

Jetez won’t return for another few weeks, but his form is starting to catch the eye. He chased home Felix Desjy in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Punchestown in February and had smart sorts like Buildmeupbuttercup and Jan Maat a long way behind. He could come be develop into a County Hurdle contender.

Jessica Harrington Stable Tour 2019/20
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