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Hurricane blows away rivals

Hurricane Fly produced another scintillating display in the hands of Ruby Walsh to claim the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown for the fourth successive year.

Lining up off the back of a successful bid to regain his crown in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, the nine-year-old was unsurprisingly a red-hot 1-4 favourite to confirm placings with runner-up Rock On Ruby.

Hurricane Fly's stable companion Thousand Stars played pacesetter and when Rock On Ruby went to the lead rounding the home turn, Walsh was sat motionless aboard the Willie Mullins-trained superstar. He quickly sealed the deal going to the final flight before passing the post a hugely impressive winner.

With Walsh saluting the crowd, Thousand Stars (14-1) got back up to beat Rock On Ruby to give Mullins a one-two.

The jockey said: "He's an incredible little horse."

Mullins added: "He did a fantastic bit of work last Saturday and he proved it again today. He's done everything nice and everything went according to plan.

"Rock On Ruby tried to unsettle things coming round the last bend with a manouvre, but Ruby was cool and calm on our fellow."

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