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Gail Carlisle says goodbye to Hurricane Fly to pursue American dream

By Ron McKnight

Willie Mullins has hailed the contribution of Gail Carlisle, his long-standing head girl, who has decided to leave the Irish champion jumps trainer's yard and head to America.

Gail, who is from Ballynahinch, had a long association with Ulster-owned legend Hurricane Fly.

The Fly won the Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle twice and is the recorded-breaking winner of 22 Grade One contests including five Irish Champion Hurdle victories.

Hurricane Fly is owned by Rose Boyd, from Crossgar, and Belfast's George Creighton.

The local girl has also been the groom and work rider of the high-class Douvan - unbeaten in 10 starts since joining Mullins - winner of the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, the Maghull Novices Chase at Aintree and the Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival earlier this year.

Mullins said: "Gail has been a huge part of our team for about 10 years.

"She has played a huge part in the careers of the likes of Hurricane Fly and Douvan and will be missed."

Prior to joining Mullins, Gail spent a year working for Coolmore Stud in Australia and had previously stated her intentions to travel again.

Meanwhile, the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Champion Stakes at Ascot have emerged as major targets for French star Almanzor, winner of the French Derby.

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