Hurricane Fly triumphs yet again

December 29, 2014 14:36:36 UK

Hurricane Fly confirmed his potential for a third Champion Hurdle victory next year by holding off the challenge of Jezki to win the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Hurricane Fly edged a titanic struggle to triumph in the Ryanair for a fourth time and make it an incredible 21 Grade 1 victories during his spectacular career to date.

I’ll never have another horse like him, he’s unique.

Willie Mullins

And that set him up for yet another crack at glory at the Cheltenham Festival, with the Willie Mullins charge having already won the Champion Hurdle in both 2011 and 2013.

After watching another thrilling performance by Hurricane Fly and jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Mullins told reporters: “I think he’s the best anyone has ever trained over jumps.

“I’ll never have another horse like him, he’s unique.

“At this stage of his career I am enjoying his wins, he is such a battler. When he gets in amongst them he gets into racing mode and it is amazing at his age that he has still got the will to battle. He had got huge fight in him and huge energy.”

Walsh now faces a tough choice for the Champion Hurdle, with the much-fancied Faugheen – also from the Mullins stable – a big contender for the race.

Earlier this year Hurricane Fly could only finish in fourth place in the Champion Hurdle, with Jezki winning the race ahead of My Tent Or Yours and The New One.

Jezki is 7.00 to win the race again next year, with Faugheen 2.25 and Hurricane Fly 11.00.

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