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Saturday 23 September 2017

Weld searches for Champion clues

DERMOT Weld expects to have a better idea of where Unaccompanied stands in the pecking order after she runs in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 29.

The five-year-old mare has really come of age this season, having shown last term that she was among the best around.

She beat subsequent Breeders' Cup Turf winner St Nicholas Abbey on the Flat in April and won the Grade One Istabraq Festival Hurdle last time out.

With Willie Mullins' current champion Hurricane Fly now looking a likely runner, Weld is keen to see how she gets on against one of the best hurdlers of recent times.

"She has come out of her last run very well, but the Irish Champion will be a learning curve for her," said Weld.

"Hurricane Fly will be very hard to beat, but she has won two Grade Ones and I was delighted with the way she won last month.

"She is only five and is still improving. We'll let her take her chance and then we'll see where we'll go with her for the rest of the season."

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