Fly ‘in great order’ for Leopardstown

January 20, 2015 08:40:34 UK

Hurricane Fly is “in great order” ahead of this Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown according his trainer Willie Mullins.

The veteran will be looking to extend his unbeaten record at the Dublin track to ten races in securing the race for a remarkable fifth straight year.  It would also see him record a 22nd Grade One victory.

Hurricane Fly was written off in many quarters, having been beaten by Jezki at both Cheltenham and Punchestown last spring, but the teak-tough eleven-year-old has bounced back with victory in the Morgiana and Ryanair Hurdles this season – with the champion hurdler Jezki filling the runner-up spot on both occasions.

Hurricane Fly is currently¬†1.72 for Sunday’s race, with Jezki available at 2.50, while another Closutton trained runner, Arctic Fire, is at 13.00.

And Mullins feels his charge will be at his very best come flag fall at his beloved Leopardstown.

“Hurricane Fly was in great order this morning, so hopefully we can get him to the track in that kind of order again on Sunday,” Mullins said. “To get a horse back to the racetrack five times is an achievement, to win each time is something else.”

However, Mullins insists Jezki is capable of turning the tables while he also expects more from six-year-old Arctic Fire.

“Jezki is doing nothing wrong and it will be tough for him on Sunday, but it’s not just a two-horse race, as Arctic Fire is a young horse who is still improving.”

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