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Hurricane Fly rewrites the record books in thrilling Leopardstown win


Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh

Hurricane Fly again rewrote the history books at Leopardstown yesterday when he won the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle for a fifth-time and extended his Grade One winning haul to world record 22.

For the third time this season the Willie Mullins trained 11-year-old defeated reigning Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Jezki and proved that he is simply unbeatable at Leopardsown.

Hurricane Fly will bid to win the Champion Hurdle for a third time on March 10 but with Mullins also training rising star of the hurdling ranks Faugheen, the current race favourite, jockey Ruby Walsh faces one of the most difficult decisions of his career as to who to ride.

"Bring it on" was Walsh's immediate reaction when the Cheltenham Festival was mentioned although neither trainer or jockey would be drawn on who he may side for on the big day with Walsh saying his decision will come at "11 o'clock on the Sunday before the race" when declarations are made for the Champion Hurdle.

"He's a fantastic horse and he is doing this season, what people expected the younger horses to do. " Mullins said.