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Hurricane Fly - Punchestown 26.04.2013

Hurricane Fly: would set world record for Grade 1 wins if taking Morgiana 

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Hurricane Fly chasing world record in Morgiana

HURRICANE FLY'S attempt to set a new world record for Grade 1 victories in Sunday's Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown was made significantly easier on Friday as main rival Jezki was not declared.

The two-time Champion Hurdle winner spearheads a strong team for Willie Mullins in the race, with stablemates Marito, Midnight Game and Mikael D'Haguenet also declared. Akatara completes the line-up.

Should Hurricane Fly succeed, it will be the nine-year-old's 17th Grade 1 victory, which would eclipse Kauto Star and American champion John Henry, who both recorded 16, and a seventh at Punchestown.

Jockey Ruby Walsh said: "He looks to be in good form, he's a dual champion hurdler and he's very good around Punchestown."

Jezki made a winning return to action at Down Royal at the start of the month, but connections have opted to not give the five-year-old two runs in quick succession.

Harrington told the Racing Post on Friday morning: "We had a think about it and decided to wait a bit longer before running him again.

"The plan now is to go for the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on December 1."

For the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday a field of 18 has been declared, while the Listed Shloer Chase has attracted seven runners, including Sire De Grugy and Mad Moose.

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