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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Fly and Flame among Istabraq field

Published 20/12/2012 | 16:34

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Hurricane Fly

Hurricane Fly is one of eight remaining entries for the Istabraq Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29.

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The 2011 Champion Hurdle hero lost his Cheltenham crown when beaten into third at Prestbury Park in March, but did sign off the season with victory at Punchestown and made a winning return at the same track in November's Morgiana Hurdle.

The eight-year-old is one of three entries for Willie Mullins, with Thousand Stars and Zaidpour also in the mix for the two-mile Grade One.

John Quinn's hugely impressive Fighting Fifth hero Countrywide Flame is the sole British-trained contender, while Captain Cee Bee, Monksland, Tilabay and top-class mare Unaccompanied complete the field.

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