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Walsh hails “phenomenal” Hurricane Fly

December 29, 2014 09:31:44 UK

Ruby Walsh hailed the career of Hurricane Fly ahead of his latest battle with Jezki in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Monday.

With 20 GradeĀ 1 successes under his belt, including two Champion Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, Hurricane Fly has nothing left to prove but Walsh says he still has his doubters.

The 10-year-old got up from the canvas of defeat to Jezki at Cheltenham and Punchestown last spring to lower the colours of the champion hurdler in the Morgiana Hurdle in November.

There was much fanfare in the wake of that win, but Walsh insists Hurricane Fly should not have his brilliance questioned.

“It’s a funny thing about the Irish psyche – when a 20-time Grade One-winning champion suddenly becomes the underdog and wins again, he’s hailed as a legend,” Walsh wrote in his latest blog.

“There’s been plenty of knockers over the years, but I’ll argue with anyone about how good Hurricane Fly has been. He turns 11 on New Year’s Day and to still be competing at the top level is phenomenal after all he’s achieved.”

Jezki is currently priced 2.37 in the win and each-way betting and Hurricane Fly is quoted 1.72 in the same market.

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