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How dare we write off the great Fly

If we were all to be honest I think it is fair to say the majority thought we'd seen the last of Hurricane Fly winning Grade Ones over two-miles.

The early part of this year he looked to be at his very best when beating both Our Conor and Jezki at Leopardstown but defeat to Jezki at both Cheltenham and Punchestown looked to signal a changing of the guard in the division. Certainly not.

Last Sunday, Jezki and Hurricane Fly went head to head in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown and the reigning Champion Hurdle winner was overturned by the 10-year-old who was extending his world record to an incredible 20 Grade One wins.

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All the vibes were good about Jezki going into the race and his trainer Jessica Harrington offered no excuses.

We don't need to waste any ink or paper on talking about how good a trainer Willie Mullins is but his handling of Hurricane Fly does deserve special mention. Remember, this is a horse who frustratingly missed Cheltenham as a novice and then again the following year when Champion Hurdle favourite.

Either Paul Townend or Emmet Mullins are his designated riders at home as he can be tricky there too so to manage his niggles and get him to the races so many times, let alone win 20 Grade Ones, is some achievement.

And one that, you'd have to imagine, horse and trainer will add to before the season is out.


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