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Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Jezki retired

2014 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Jezki has been retired.

Jockey Barry Geraghty, who partnered him to victory over My Tent Or Yours in that race, has called the Jessica Harrington-trained 11-year old a 'brilliant horse'.

"He was brilliant, I had a great run on him over the years," said Geraghty.

"I won the big novice hurdle at Punchestown on him one year and then obviously the Champion Hurdle when he beat My Tent Or Yours".

Jezki also won the Aintree Hurdle in 2015 and defeated rival Hurricane Fly in the World Series Hurdle in the same year.

"He was around in a great age of two-mile hurdlers, like Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and My Tent. He was a brilliant horse.

"He clashed with Hurricane Fly so many times. Jessie did a great job with him and he was a great second string for me to ride that year.

"Even when he stepped up in trip he won an Aintree Hurdle, so it worked out well.

"While he wasn't quite what he was the last couple of years I won on him at Leopardstown and he was brilliant that day - he had such a great attitude and he was absolutely rapid over a hurdle."

Geraghty added that he's hoping to return from injury at the upcoming Listowel Festival.

"The leg is coming along well, I've been doing plenty of physio and I hope to start riding out next week," he said.

"I will hopefully be back for Listowel, that's the plan."

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