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Leopardstown set for the annual Hurricane

THE record breaking Hurricane Fly returns to Leopardstown on Monday in a bid to maintain an impressive unbeaten record at Leopardstown that spans six-years and eight races and the most successful ever horse at Grade One level will try and increase that haul to an incredible 21 when he locks horns with reigning Champion Hurdle winner Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle.

Hurricane Fly currently leads the personal dual between the two 3-2 and with the ground conditions in his favour and still showing no signs of letting up as he approaches his 11th birthday, Hurricane Fly is expected to extend all milestones with a fourth Ryanair Hurdle for Willie Mullins.

Jezki can have every reason to expect improvement from the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festival hero but so too can Willie Mullins about Hurricane Fly and while the spring campaign for both might bring about some differences, it should be the same old story at Leopardstown on Monday as Hurricane Fly reigns supreme.

Declarations for Monday's card won't take place until tomorrow morning but there is also the Grade One Topaz Novice Chase on the final day in which Gordon Elliott looks set to make it a Grade One novice chase double with Mala Beach.

Elliott won the opening day feature over two-miles with Clarcam and he can land the three-mile Grade One with the highly thought of Mala Beach who will absolutely love the ground at Leopardstown after heavy rain on Friday.

Elliott is enjoying his best ever season to date and he can end Christmas week on a high with the Chris Jones owned six-year-old who should be able to account for Apache Stronghold and Shanahan's Turn.

Meanwhile, at Leopardstown today, the Ted Walsh trained Foxrock now has to contend with top weight in the feature Paddy Power Handicap Chase but with the ground set to be ideal for him after yesterdays rain, the weight is a burden he can deal with as he looks to be a cut above the rest.

Cheltenham Festival Champion Bumper winner Silver Concorde will make his eagerly anticipated debut over hurdles and face just eight rivals in the process, while Theophilus can make it two juvenile hurdles in as many days for Des McDonogh and Jackie Bolger in the opener.

The Grade One Future Champions see's Nichols Canyon shade the verdict over Sub Lieutenant.


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