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Hurricane Fly on target for the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown

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Hurricane Fly delights in racecourse gallop

CHAMPION HURDLE winner Hurricane Fly is on target to make his eagerly awaited seasonal reappearance in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 29, after delighting connections in a racecourse gallop on Thursday.

After coming home a length to the good over three rivals in a 1m5f workout at Leopardstown under regular work rider Emmet Mullins, trainer Willie Mullins expressed his satisfaction.

"I'm much happier with the way he went compared to his work before Christmas and it's looking like he will come back for the Irish Champion Hurdle," said Mullins.

Brilliant winner of last year's Stan James Champion Hurdle, Hurricane Fly has not been seen on a racetrack since following up at Punchestown in May and missed a recent engagement at Leopardstown over Christmas, sparking speculation about the horse's wellbeing.

Hurricane Fly is a best-priced 5-2 with Blue Square to retain his Champion Hurdle crown in March.

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