Jessica Harrington

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Jessica Jane Harrington (née Fowler, born 12 February 1947)[1] is an Irish professional horse trainer. Harrington specialises in National Hunt racing but has also had success in Flat racing.

Personal life[edit]

Harrington was born in London. Her father was Brigadier Bryan Fowler, an officer in the British Army, and her mother was Mary Walford. Bryan Fowler was originally from Kells, County Meath and served with the Royal Artillery in both World Wars, and married Mary, who was a widow, in 1944. She had two children from her previous marriage.[1] Harrington had an older brother, John Fowler, who was also a racehorse trainer and died in an accident in 2008.[2] Bryan Fowler left the army in 1949 and returned with his family to Ireland where Harrington spent her childhood. She did not go to school until she was aged twelve, being tutored. She then went to school at Hatherop in England for four years before going to a Finishing school in France.[1]

Harrington and her husband Johnny Harrington both shared a love for horses. She was married to him until his death from cancer in April 2014. Johnny owned a racehorse and was a bloodstock agent.[3] Together the couple had four children: James and Tara and Johnny’s from a previous relationship; Emma and Kate. As well, Jessica and Johnny had three sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and seven grandchildren.[4]

Professional life[edit]

Even before Harrington got her training permit in 1989,[5] she had earned a reputation for being one of Ireland's top three-day event riders. She represented her country with credit on three levels: European, World and Olympic. In 1994, Harrington’s horse Oh So Grumpy earned himself (and indirectly Harrington) a “landmark success” at the Galway Hurdle. A couple of years later Dance Beat picked up Leopardstown's Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle.[6] By 1996 Harrington had earned a reputation for being linked to high profile horses. She then went on to enjoy seven Cheltenham Festival victories, rendering her "one of the most successful current Irish trainers at the meeting." Her most notable horses include: Moscow Flyer, Curtain Call, Bible Belt, Pathfork and Laughing Lashes.[7] On 17 March 2017 she won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John. Exactly one month later on 17 April Harrington won the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse racecourse. It was a first win, in both races, for both Harrington and local rider Robbie Power.[8]

Wins[edit]

Over the years Harrington earned a reputation on the Flat. On September 2010 Pathfork won the National Stakes.[9]

Major National Hunt wins[edit]

Date Venue Race Grade Horse
17 April 2017 Fairyhouse Irish Grand National Grade A Our Duke
17 Mar 2017 Cheltenham Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Grade 1 Sizing John
Apr 2013 Punchestown Herald Champion Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Jezki
Apr 2013 Fairyhouse Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle Grade 3 One Fine Day
Dec 2012 Leopardstown Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Jezki
Nov 2012 Fairyhouse Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Jezki
Nov 2012 Naas Fishery Lane Hurdle Grade 3 Jezki
Mar 2011 Cheltenham RSA Chase Grade 1 Boston's Angel
Feb 2011 Leopardstown Deloitte Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Oscars Well
Feb 2011 Leopardstown Dr P J Moriaty Novice Chase Grade 1 Boston's Angel
Feb 2011 Navan Flying Bolt Novice Chase Grade 2 Saludos
Dec 2010 Leopardstown Fort Leny Novice Chase Grade 1 Boston's Angel
Dec 2010 Navan Navan Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Oscars Well
Apr 2010 Punchestown Motivate Challenge Grade A Chasing Cars
Feb 2010 Doncaster Bluesquare.com Mare's Hurdle Grade 2 Zarinava
Feb 2010 Navan Johnstown Novice Hurdle Grade 2 Coole River
Jan 2010 Leopardstown Synergy Security Novice Hurdle Grade 2 Coole River
Jan 2010 Leopardstown MCR Novice Chase Grade 2 Roberto Goldback
Jan 2009 Leopardstwon Synergy Security Novice Hurdle Grade 2 Roberto Goldback
Feb 2008 Leopardstown betchronicle.com Spring Juvenile Hurdle Grade 2 Personal Column
Mar 2007 Cheltenham Weatherbys Champion Bumper Grade 1 Cork All Star
Apr 2007 Fairyhouse Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase Grade A Gemini Lucy
Nov 2007 Cheltenham Champion Bumper Grade 1 Cork All Star
Nov 2006 Fairyhouse Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Hide The Evidence
Apr 2006 Punchestown ACC Bank Champion Hurdle Grade 1 Macs Joy
Feb 2006 Gowran Park Red Mills Trial Hurdle Grade 2 Macs Joy
Jan 2006 Leopardstown Pierse Hurdle Grade B Studmaster
Apr 2005 Aintree Mumm Melling Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Mar 2005 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Feb 2005 Leopardstown AIG Champion Hurdle Grade 1 Macs Joy
Feb 2005 Leopardstown Dr P J Moriaty Novice Chase Grade 1 Carigeen Victor
Feb 2005 Leopardtown Irish Arkle Trophy Grade 1 Ulaan Bataar
Dec 2004 Leopardstown December Festival Hurdle Grade 1 Macs Joy
Dec 2004 Sandown Tingle Creek Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Nov 2004 Navan Fortria Chase Grade 2 Moscow Flyer
Apr 2004 Punchestown BETDAQ.com Champion Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Apr 2004 Aintree Mumm Melling Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Apr 2004 Fairyhouse Menolly Homes Handicap Hurdle Grade A Macs Joy
Dec 2003 Sandown Tingle Creek Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Nov 2003 Navan Fortria Chase Grade 2 Moscow Flyer
Mar 2003 Cheltenham Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Mar 2003 Uttoxeter Midlands Grand National Listed Intelligent
Mar 2003 Cheltenham County Hurdle Grade 3 Spirit Leader
Feb 2003 Newbury Tote Gold Trophy Grade 3 Spirit Leader
Dec 2002 Sandown William Hill Handicap Hurdle Listed Spirit Leader
Apr 2002 Punchestown Swordlestown Cup Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Mar 2002 Cheltenham Arkle Trophy Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Dec 2001 Leopardstown Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Apr 2001 Punchestown ACC Bank Champion Hurdle Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Apr 2001 Gowran Park Kinloch Brae Chase Grade 2 Slaney Native
Nov 2000 Punchestown Morgiana Hurdle Grade 2 Moscow Flyer
Apr 2000 Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Moscow Flyer
Mar 1999 Cheltenham Grand Annual Handicap Chase Class B Space Trucker
Mar 1998 Uttoxeter Midlands Grand National Listed Miss Orchestra
Apr 1996 Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle Grade 1 Dance Beat
Apr 1994 Galway Galway Hurdle Grade 2 Oh So Grumpy

Major Flat wins[edit]

Date Venue Race Group Horse
Sep 2010 Curragh Vincent O'Brien National Stakes Group 1 Pathfork
Aug 2010 Curragh Futurity Stakes Group 2 Pathfork
Aug 2010 Curragh Debutante Stakes Group 2 Laughing Lashes
Jun 2009 Curragh Ballygallon Stud Stakes Listed Long Lashes
Apr 2009 Navan Navan Sprint Stakes Listed Jumbajukiba
Sep 2008 Curragh Ascon Rohcon Solonaway Stakes Group 3 Jumbajukiba
Jul 2008 Curragh Keeneland Minstrel Stakes Group 3 Jumbajukiba
Jun 2008 Down Royal Specsavers Ulster Derby Premier H'Cap Fantoche
Apr 2008 Curragh Castlemartin Galdness Stakes Group 3 Jumbajukiba
Oct 2007 Curragh Irish Cesarewitch Premier H'Cap Sandymount Earl
Sep 2007 Curragh Juddmonte Beresford Stakes Group 2 Curtain Call
Sep 2007 Curragh Ladbrokes.com Solonaway Stakes Group 3 Jumbajukiba
Aug 2007 Cork Platinum Stakes Listed Jumbajukiba
Jul 2007 Curragh Budweiser Premier Handicap Premier H'Cap Jumbajukiba
Jun 2005 Curragh Balanchine Stakes Listed Sahara Princess
Oct 2004 Curragh C.L Weld Park Stakes Group 3 Jazz Princess
May 2002 Curragh Tote Premier Handicap Premier H'Cap Evening Scent
May 2002 Curragh Betdaq Premier Handicap Premier H'Cap Private Ben

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Clower, Michael (2007). Kings of the Turf. London: Aurum. pp. 191–205. ISBN 1845132793.
  2. ^ Mathieson, Amy. "Irish racehorse trainer John Fowler killed by falling tree". horseandhound.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ O'Hehir, Tony. "Henderson leads tributes to Johnny Harrington". Racing Post. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ Anderson, Nicola. "World of horse racing comes out in force to pay respects to two stalwarts". Irish News. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Jessica Harrington". British Champions Series. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Meet Jessica Harrington". Jessica Harrington. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Juvenile Filly Laughing Lashes Captures Group 2 stakes". Runnymede Farm. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Duke Takes Irish National In Impressive Style". 17 April 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Jessica Harrington". British Champions Series. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.

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