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Fly buzzing for Punchestown

Champion Hurdle hero Hurricane Fly remains on course to round off his season at the Punchestown Festival.

The son of Montjeu has had his fair share of injury problems over the past few seasons but showed just what he is capable of with a brilliant performance at Cheltenham, and is now being targeted at back-to-back victories in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle on May 6.

Trainer Willie Mullins told At The Races: "He's fine and he's been riding out since he came home. He seems in great order and I think it's all systems go for Punchestown."

He added: "We've learnt a lot about him and the key to him has been Paul (Townend) keeping him quiet at home - Paul knows him inside out and doesn't let him do too much.

"I hope there might be more improvement in him. He would have learned an awful lot the other day going in a race like that, rather than running in small field races in Ireland on slower ground."

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