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Katie Walsh: Hurricane still well able to Fly high


Hurricane Fly

Hurricane Fly

Hurricane Fly

Personally, I really do enjoy Flat racing and I thought it was a very good summer this year, with Irish Champions Weekend being one of the highlights.

However, now we are at the stage where the ground is turning heavy and we've Grade One jump races nearly every week until Christmas and, for me, it doesn't get much better.

Of course, it's not just the Grade One races at this time of year that we savour but it's the potential to spot future Grade One talent and that will be the case at both Cheltenham and Punchestown over the weekend with some good entries in novice hurdles and novice chases but it is the proven Champion Hurdle winners clashing in Sunday's Morgiana Hurdle that ensure Punchestown will be the epicentre of the sport this weekend.


Hurricane Fly has obviously been a magnificent horse, and I think, in the terms of the general public, he is a horse that has certainly earned the respect and fondness that people pay him because it's rare to see a horse win half the Grade One races he has won, not to mention attempt to win a 20th.

Jezki and himself have met four times now since Jessica Harrington's stable star joined the elite hurdling ranks and the current score sits at 2-2 and while Jezki is certainly the horse for the future in the two-mile hurdle races, I genuinely think that Sunday could see Hurricane Fly rewrite the history books once again.

It won't be easy. Of course it won't. The Jezki camp are giving out all the right vibes and have every right to be confident.

Hurricane Fly certainly isn't getting any younger but from the little bit I have seen of him in Willie's and from what the team down there are saying, he certainly seems to still be loving his work and his days of winning Grade One races just might not be quite over yet.

I suppose it will be intriguing to see what way the race pans out and a lot of the tactics will depend on whether Little King Robin lines up or not. She has been an absolute revelation for Colin Bowe and Mark Walsh this summer, winning seven races since May with her blistering front-running style. She could dictate the pace on Sunday with Hurricane Fly and Jezki sitting in behind.

Of course, Mark will be onboard Jezki this time and that'll be a fantastic opportunity for him.