Fahey aims high with Jewel

Jennies Jewel could run in next month's Boyne Hurdle before a likely assault at the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The consistent seven-year-old, trained in County Kildare by Jarlath Fahey, was a good second to Rule The World in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas on Saturday.

Jennies Jewel might now step back up in class at Navan on February 16 before travelling to England in March.

Fahey said: "That was the first time this year she has come up against older horses so it was a very, very good effort.

"Her form is very solid - she's not been outside the first three since last April - and the plan is now to go to Cheltenham.

"She'll have an entry in the Coral Hurdle but the idea is to go for the mares' race.

"We are also debating whether to go for the Boyne Hurdle before Cheltenham.

"She stays well and has plenty of pace. The only question mark has to be whether it will be soft enough for her at Cheltenham."