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Light campaign looks in store for super Fly

Willie Mullins is keeping his fingers crossed that this will be the season his star hurdler Hurricane Fly finally gets his trip to the Cheltenham Festival.

The six-year-old has won six of his eight starts since joining the champion trainer in 2008 -- but injury has meant he has missed out on a trip to Prestbury Park for the previous two campaigns.

Mullins hopes he will get a clear run at things this time around.

"I don't think a heavy schedule is any good to him and I haven't sat down and thought about where he'd start yet," said the trainer.

"I'd imagine the race at Punchestown he ran in last November might be an idea."

Another Mullins inmate who could be Champion Hurdle-bound is Blackstairmountain, who won the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last year.

"He's in great shape and I'll try and get him going sooner because he's not a real heavy ground, winter horse," Mullins said.

"He improved all last season and I think he'll improve again -- he'll have to if he's going to go to Cheltenham."

Also being aimed at Cheltenham once more is Quevega, who Mullins hopes can claim a David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle hat-trick.

There have been plenty of calls for her to test her mettle in either the Champion Hurdle or the World Hurdle at Cheltenham next year, but Mullins remains keen on keeping her against her own sex.

Mullins also had news on Golden Silver, who rounded off last season with a superb Grade One victory at Punchestown.

"He really came to himself last year and improved and I think he's improving again," Mullins said.

"Hopefully if he improves again we'll get back to Cheltenham with him, but I just wonder if he'll be better in the Ryanair Chase on better ground."

Mikael D'Haguenet, meanwhile, is reported to be in good shape as he builds towards his first official racecourse outing since May 2009.

Stable companion Fiveforthree, a dual Grade One winner, has been off the track for almost exactly the same time, but he too should return this season.


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