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Hurricane Fly pips Jezki in gripping Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown

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Hurricane Fly went into the Ryanair Hurdle here on Monday with an extraordinary 20 Grade One victories to his name but the 21st, both as a spectacle and as an individual performance, was perhaps the most compelling and memorable of all.

A duel in the sun down the length of the home straight between Hurricane Fly and Jezki, last season’s Champion Hurdle winner, was punctuated by two headlong leaps at maximum speed as the two rivals eyeballed each other over the final flight.

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