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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mullins happy with Fly's Cheltenham preparations

WILLIE MULLINS today expressed his delight with Hurricane Fly as the crack two-miler builds towards the defence of his Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham next month.

Having only recently started to please Mullins in his home work, the eight-year-old made his first appearance since Punchestown last May when cruising to success in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown last month.

Reporting him to have thrived since, Mullins said: "Hurricane Fly is fantastically well at the moment.

"Paul (Townend) rides him out every day at home and he said he's jumping out of his skin.

"He had a nice, easy week last week and he'll have another easy one this week before we start building him up for Cheltenham.

"I've been very happy with him," added the trainer.

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