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Hurricane Fly has it won at the final flight

Hurricane Fly has it won at the final flight

Hurricane Fly has it won at the final flight

Hurricane Fly won the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in terrific style in the hands of Ruby Walsh.

The Willie Mullins-trained star, winner of the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, was always travelling sweetly as Binocular acted as reluctant leader for most of the way.

Menorah took over, but Hurricane Fly (1-2 favourite) was cantering behind and coasted into the lead on the run to the final flight before clearing away for an easy success by five lengths from stable companion Thousand Stars.

Walsh said: "He's a very, very good horse. He showed that at Cheltenham, and he's shown it here. It was a messy race, but Menorah and Binocular are high-class hurdlers.

"Who knows what next year will bring, but I wouldn't want to be getting off him. He's a cracking horse."

Mullins added: "He was just awesome, and that's the best I've seen from him.

"This is his track on our home ground, although I confess I wasn't so confident halfway through the race. We knew it would be a messy race, but I thought it would suit him and Ruby said he was always travelling.

"There are no big plans for him. I'll just concentrate on getting him home in one piece and I'd imagine our focus will be based around Cheltenham next season and then come on here.

"What we have done this year is enough, and I wouldn't mind repeating the dose."

The County Carlow handler added: "Thousand Stars came second and held up the Irish form as well. I'm going to see what his Flat mark is and we might run him on the Flat over the summer as he has improved a lot."

PA