Ruby Walsh has reaffirmed his intention to ride Hurricane Fly in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
Walsh had the option of partnering the Paul Nicholls-trained Zarkandar, but will instead pledge his loyalties to the 2011 Champion hero, who has won his last four starts for Willie Mullins.
"I am definitely going to partner Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next month," he told the Irish Examiner.
"The alternative was obviously Zarkandar for Paul Nicholls.
"Earlier this week Paul asked me which one of them I intended to ride at the Festival.
"He posed a straight question and I gave him a straight answer - Hurricane Fly.
"It is getting quite close to Cheltenham now and Paul needed certainty."