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Hurricane CAN Blow REST Away

Michael O'LEARY enjoyed a memorable afternoon at Leopardstown yesterday as the owner of three winners on the card including both Grade Ones and this afternoon Ryanair will sponsor one of the most intriguing races of the year as Hurricane Fly and Jezki take centre stage again.

With three Cheltenham Champion Hurdles and an incredible haul of 26 Grade One race victories between them, Hurricane Fly and Jezki will do battle for the sixth time in a seven-runner renewal race that also features Grade One hurdle winners Tiger Roll and Alderwood.


O'Leary's Tiger Roll won the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last March and is likely to run a big race for connections but the race is all about the front two in the meeting and although Jezki got the verdict at Cheltenham and Punchestown last season, Hurricane Fly's unbeaten record at Leopardstown and the manner of his Morgiana Hurdle win at Punchestown should see him extend his world record to 21 Grade one victories.

Willie Mullins said: "He is doing nothing wrong and really comes into his own here at Leopardstown and for me, he is still the horse they all have to beat. From a personal point of view I am really looking forward to the race. I can look forward to his races now more so than in the past because the pressure is off him compared to the pressure always being on him."

The Grade One Topaz Novice Chase also promises to be cracking race with the bookmakers going 11/4 the field last night and making Don Poli favourite for Willie Mullins and the Gigginstown team.

However, trainer Gordon Elliott is in flying form at the minute and at around about 4/1 Mala Beach looks to be a great bet in the race.

Dermot Weld looks to have claims for a double on the card with the exciting hurdling recruit Windsor Park getting his career over flights underway and in the concluding bumper Weld runs Vigil who was fourth in the Cheltenham Bumper last season.

12.20 Viva La France

12.55 Windsor Park

1.25 Hurricane Fly

2.00 A Sizing Network

2.35 Princess Leya

3.05 Mala Beach

3.35 Vigil


12.35 My Hometown

1.10 Thepartysover

1.40 Gitane Du Berlais

2.15 King Leon

2.50 Martello Tower

3.20 Tiger Bay Lady

3.55 Is The Marmalade