JER’S GIRL TO BE STEPPED UP

Gavin Cromwell’s stable star Jer’s Girl is anticipated to be stepped up in trip after finishing a credible fourth in the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday.

The JP McManus owned dual Grade One-winning hurdler, made a successful seasonal reappearance in a Flat race at Roscommon and swiftly turned out just six days later at Grade Three level.

However, the five-year-old was beaten a little over five lengths into fourth place by McManus other entry,champion hurdle winner Jezki,  who bounced back from a below par season last year.

Navan based handler Cromwell was contented with his star mare’s performance stating “She ran a good race and seems to have come out of it fine”.

“Maybe we need to step her up in trip now and in hindsight maybe it came a bit quick after Roscommon, too. We were thrilled with her in Roscommon. It was a nice return. We don’t have any definite plans for her at the moment.

“The handicapper has put her up 3lb for the run on Sunday, which I thought was very harsh. And they wonder why they can’t get decent fields in these races.”