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Hatton's Grace trip no bother to Fly -- Mullins

Published 24/11/2010 | 05:00

Hurricane Fly heads 13 five-day entries for the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

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Winner of the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on his last start in April, all eyes will be on Willie Mullins' giant six-year-old. Mullins has another possible in Mourad, while his brother Tom has left in last year's winner Oscar Dan Dan and Charles Byrnes plans to run Solwhit.

Byrnes' charge made a winning return in Punchestown's Morgiana Hurdle, and the respective second and third that day, Colm Murphy's Voler La Vedette and the Noel Meade-trained Donnas Palm, could renew rivalry.

Meade also has Aitmatov, with Jumbo Rio, Luska Lad, On The Way Out, Powerstation, Shinrock Paddy and Summit Meeting completing a quality line-up.

This will be Hurricane Fly's first attempt at two-and-a-half miles since arriving in Ireland, but the champion trainer is unfazed by that prospect.

"The trip shouldn't be a problem," said Mullins. "As a four-year-old in France, he was running over two and a half miles."

Mullins' Mikael D'Haguenet could make his Irish fencing debut in the Drinmore Novices' Chase on the same afternoon. The six-year-old, which has been sidelined since May 2009, is among 10 acceptors for the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One contest.

Irish Independent

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