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Mullins aiming Hurricane Fly at Fairyhouse

Hurricane Fly is on target to make his first appearance of the winter in the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on December 2.

Willie Mullins' crack performer lifted this prize two years ago and was last seen winning the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in April.

However, the Carlow trainer, who has seven entries, is a long way off firming up plans.

"We have put in a blanket entry, but our season is just getting going now so we don't really have any fixed plans at this stage," said Mullins. Included in his team are Thousand Stars and the smart mare Tarla.

Last year's winner Voler La Vedette -- set to reappear at Navan tomorrow -- is among the 18 entries along with Noel Meade's Go Native and Monksland.


Tony Martin could bid for back-to-back victories in the Drinmore Novices' Chase with Dedigout at Fairyhouse on the same day.

Martin sent out Bog Warrior to land the Grade One contest last year and reports Dedigout to have taken his chasing debut success at Punchestown in his stride.

"He has come out of the race really well," said Martin. "I need to sit down and have a chat with Michael and Eddie (O'Leary, of owners Gigginstown House Stud) to see what the plan is for him."

Gordon Elliott has put in an entry for Grade Two hurdle winner Mount Benbulben, which finished third on his chasing debut.

Elliott is contemplating the Bar One Royal Bond Novices Hurdle for his impressive bumper winner Don Cossack. He has the three-time winner in the other big Grade One at the meeting, for which there are 27 entries.

"He hasn't had an outing over hurdles in public yet, but the plan is to get him out in the next fortnight and then we can make further decisions from there," said Elliott.

Irish Independent