Jessica Harrington is confident a searching two and a half miles at Fairyhouse will not be a problem for Jezki in Sunday's Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

A three-times Grade One winner last season and also third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Jezki made a pleasing return to action when notching an all-the-way success in a trappy contest at Down Royal.

Each of his eight career victories have come at the minimum distance of two miles and he faces some stout stayers this weekend, but Harrington believes the extra distance is well within her stable star's range.

"All has gone well since Down Royal, he seems in good form and we are looking forward to the race," said Harrington.

"I'm sure between the two Gigginstown horses and Willie Mullins' two horses they are going to make it a test of stamina, but all Jezki's family got further. His full-brother (Jenari) stayed two and a half miles well.

"We decided to come here rather than the Morgiana at Punchestown a couple of weeks ago. We decided not to take on the Champion Hurdle winner (Hurricane Fly) and we'll dip our toe in the water here instead.

"We'll see how things go on Sunday. We're very much taking it one race at a time."

Last year's winner Zaidpour is one of two runners for Mullins, with the champion trainer also saddling smart youngster Diakali.
On ratings Zaidpour would appear to biggest threat to odds-on favourite Jezki, but Mullins is concerned conditions will not be testing enough for his charge.

Mullins said: "Zaidpour is obviously last year's winner, but the ground won't suit him.

"I don't think he's ever won without either the word or soft or heavy in the going description, so that would be a worry.

"He's in good form, we know he likes the track and he gets the trip, so we'll see what happens.

"Diakali has won a Grade One over two and a half miles as well."
The field is completed by two Gigginstown house Stud-owned runners in Rule The World and Dedigout.

The Mouse Morris-trained Rule The World chased home The New One at Cheltenham in March, before suffering what appeared a life-threatening pelvic injury at Punchestown.

Happily he recovered quickly and made a winning comeback at Naas in late October, but Morris admits it has not all been plain sailing since.

Morris said: "I'm happy with him, but he did have that hold-up after Naas. He was due to go for a race in Navan, but he got an infection in his leg, so we had to wait and come here.

"I'm happy enough with him, so we'll see how we go on Sunday."

Tony Martin's Dedigout enjoyed a fine novice campaign over fences last season, but switched back to the smaller obstacles for his return to action.

A smart victory in the Lismullen Hurdle prompted connections to take aim at this weekend's Grade One prize and Martin is hopeful of a bold show.

"We've been happy with him since his run in Navan the last day. It's a hot race on Sunday but I think he deserves to take his chance," said the trainer.

"He's had three weeks since Navan so he's fresh, well and ready to go, so we'll see what happens.

"He likes testing ground, but at this stage of the season I'd rather he was running on better ground. He can handle it all right and it's still only November, so we don't want to be bottoming him on really soft ground.

"At this stage of the year, two and a half miles on good ground is ideal for him, as we want him to still be going in April.

"Like with all the horses, we'll take it one race at a time. He's won his novice over fences, so all the options are there for him."