Jessica Harrington, the universally popular Irish racehorse trainer, will forever be associated with Moscow Flyer, one of the greatest two-mile chasers in the history of the sport.
A former world-class three day event rider, Jessica’s first top horse was Space Trucker, who won 15 racesbetween 1995 and 2002. His most memorable victory came in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at the 1999 Cheltenham Festival, where he landed a substantial gamble on the day. Spirit Leader proved to be another lucrative performer for the yard, with a great season culminating in victory in the 2003 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle and Jessica also enjoyed success with Cork All Star in the 2007 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival.
Moscow Flyer was a leading hurdler, but really came into his own when sent over fences. In his
first season, he won The Irish Independent Arkle Chase of 2002 and progressed to winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003. Unseating jockey Barry Geraghty in the 2004 renewal of that race, he made amends in 2005, sparking a reception rarely seen at Cheltenham. His final win was in a charity Flat race at the 2007 Punchestown Festival, ridden by Jessica’s daughter, following which there was not a dry eye in the house! In total, he won 27 of his 45 starts including 13 wins at Grade One level and over £1 million in prize money.
Approachable, affable and always one to treat both winning and losing with huge dignity, Jessica Harrington is one of the legends of modern Jump Racing.