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Trainer of the Quarter - Jessica Harrington

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Trainer Jessica Harrington has maintained an excellent run of form under both codes through 2017, including in the most recent quarter, which included a Listed success on the Flat at Great Yarmouth; winning seasonal debuts for two of the stable’s leading lights, Sizing John and Jezki; and a close second at Ascot’s Champions meeting for Torcedor. On the back of winning three Gold Cups at the end of last season, the winning return of Sizing John in the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase pleased Harrington enormously. She said, “I was delighted with Sizing John. You never know what mark those three races might have left and he’s in great form.” So how does Harrington rate 2017 overall, given the spread and level of success through the year? “This year has been unbelievable, since January, really. We had Sizing John winning three Gold Cups and Our Duke in the Irish Grand National, Rock The World and Supa Sundae winning at Cheltenham, then Supa Sundae only just being beaten at Aintree, when stepped up in trip, and Punchestown was fantastic.” Harrington is no stranger to the winners’ enclosure at the major Jumps meetings in Ireland and Britain, but there has been a marked improvement in the form of the Commonstown Stable’s Flat string. “We made a good start early in the Flat season, and this year has been our most successful on the Flat,” says Harrington. The stable’s flagbearer on the Flat this year has been Torcedor, who joined Harrington from David Wachman ahead of the season and raced with distinction in the top stayers’ races. The gelding will be charting new territory for connections in the spring. “A highlight was Torcedor’s second to Order Of St George at Ascot last time and we’re aiming for the Dubai World Cup. I’ve had a runner over there before, about five years ago, but this will be another level.” Harrington singles out the addition of a second gallop, over seven furlongs, as a factor that has helped her team. “This made a big difference as previously I would have to go over to The Curragh, but I can now train mainly from home.” Torcedor’s Group 3 win in the Vintage Crop Stakes was one of eight black type victories on the Flat for Harrington in 2017, and the stable’s overall form has strengthened their strings for both codes. “We’re pretty even between Jumpers and Flat horses, but our results have led people to send us more horses. We have some more quality and I probably have 30-35 yearlings for 2018, with some more coming in.”

Published in European Trainer, January - March 2018, issue 60.

Trainer Jessica Harrington has maintained an excellent run of form under both codes through 2017, including in the most recent quarter, which included a Listed success on the Flat at Great Yarmouth; winning seasonal debuts for two of the stable’s leading lights, Sizing John and Jezki; and a close second at Ascot’s Champions meeting for Torcedor.

On the back of winning three Gold Cups at the end of last season, the winning return of Sizing John in the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase pleased Harrington enormously. She said, “I was delighted with Sizing John. You never know what mark those three races might have left and he’s in great form.”

So how does Harrington rate 2017 overall, given the spread and level of success through the year?

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