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Hurricane can recover to Fly back to his best

HURRICANE FLY is on a recovery mission as he lines up in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.

He was considered a banker bet at Cheltenham following his Irish Champion Hurdle romp but he did not fire on the day and had to settle for third place.

Willie Mullins will be hoping he can bounce back to his best this time, though, and with heavy ground of little inconvenience, he is expected to land this title for the third successive year.

The County Carlow handler should be toasting a Grade One double as Felix Yonger holds strong claims in the Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle.

Beaten seven lengths by the outstanding Simonsig at Cheltenham, Felix Yonger should fare better back on his favoured easy ground.

Famous Name may be in his sixth season of racing, but he can shrug off any sign of his advancing years with victory at Sandown.

Dermot Weld’s seven-year-old may have fallen slightly short of Classic level as a three-year-old, but a total of 15 wins must surely have lessened the blow of his narrow French Derby defeat back in 2008.

He picked up the baton on his 2012 debut, when holding on by a head under a positive ride in Listed company at Leopardstown in front of Sharestan.

Famous Name looked a little rusty on that occasion, but with his ability to handle easy conditions proven he can emerge victorious in the bet365 Mile.

Grey Mirage sets out on the handicap route in the bet365.com Esher Cup and he can exploit what appears to be a reasonable mark.

Beaten by the slightly quirky yet potentially smart Mighty Ambition, Rewarded stepped up on that occassion when relishing easy ground at Yarmouth.

He demonstrated a touch of stamina in claiming that verdict and with testing ground in prospect, he can excel again.

Rafeej is another who has shown he can handle soft conditions, and Mark Johnston has placed him to good effect in the bet365 Handicap.

Winner of both his juveniles starts, including on deep ground at Ffos Las, Rafeej can make a dream start to his three-year-old career.Shaleek hit the bar twice last term, but her time can come in the zestbarandgrill.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster, while Global Flyer is the choice in the Braceys Builders Merchant Handicap Chase at Chepstow.

Akarshan did not seem to enjoy his recent spin on the level but he can regain the winning thread back over fences in the Lonmar Global Risks Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Perth.


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