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Harrington on Punchestown high

Jessica Harrington enjoyed a stunning day ahead of Jezki's much-anticipated rematch with Hurricane Fly in Friday's Racing Post Champion Hurdle.

As well as clinching the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle with shock 20-1 winner Jetson, the Moone handler also took out the Colm Murray Memorial Handicap Hurdle courtesy of 10-1 co-favourite Macnicholson, with Geraghty doing the steering, and the concluding Kildare Post INH Flat Race through the Robbie McNamara-ridden High Stratos (14-1).

There was also a treble on the card for champion jockey Davy Russell, scoring aboard Jetson, Mallowney and Morga.

Having seen his stable star run a number of sound races in defeat of late, trainer Tim Doyle decided to fit Mallowney with a hood for the Three.ie Handicap Chase and it worked at treat as the 8-1 shot beat Art Of Logistics by two and a half lengths.

Doyle said: "He switched off early today and when he does he's a proper horse.

"He's a Listed winner and Grade Two-placed and we'll aim pretty high next season.

"We'll leave it at that for the year and dream away over the summer."

Russell completed his hat-trick aboard 5-1 shot Morga, who made it two from two over jumps in the Drinkwater Construction & Orchid Transport Mares Novice Hurdle.

Formerly with leading Flat trainer Jim Bolger, the four-year-old now runs for Desmond McDonogh, but still in the famous Bolger silks.

McDonogh said: "That's superb, I haven't had a runner for maybe 15 years at the Festival and it's great to get one that's good enough.

"She' rated 93 on the Flat so she's no slouch and Davy was impressed with her.

"Jim (Bolger) has been fantastic to me, the last eight or nine years he has kept me going and I have four or five horses for him."

Trainer John Kenny and leading conditional jockey Ger Fox combined to claim the Avon Ri Corporate & Leisure Resort Chase as 25-1 shot Jacks Island clinched the La Touche Cup, his first victory in over three years.

Kenny said: "He loves it round here and Ger carried out things out to a tee today. He had to lead over Ruby's Double.

"He's an 11-year-old and there's nothing much else for him, so he'll probably come back here on Saturday if he's sound."

Off The Charts (20-1) repelled the late thrust of Bob Keown to take the Naas Court Hotel And Il Fico Restaurant Handicap Hurdle under Mark Walsh.

Winning trainer Dessie Hughes said: "He's not over-big and he won't carry a huge amount of weight, but hopefully he might win another one."