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Hurricane Fly - Leopardstown 26.1.14

Hurricane Fly: could embark on new chapter in career

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Fly could be upped in trip after double defeat

WILLIE MULLINS could look to step Hurricane Fly up in trip next season, as Ireland's champion trainer warned against writing off the ten-year-old.

Beaten by Jezki at both the Cheltenham Festival and Punchestown in the last two months, Hurricane Fly has previously raced beyond 2m in France for Mullins, and also at Fairyhouse, when winning the 2m4f Hatton's Grace Hurdle in 2010.

His latest defeat when going down by three and a quarter lengths in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown, led to speculation that 'The Fly' may be retired, having won a world-record 19 Grade 1s.

However, Mullins, speaking in the Irish Times, said: "He's only ten and he's still a relatively young horse in National Hunt terms and he is injury free. I think he's still got one or two Grade 1s left in him and we might just go up in trip.

"He might have lost the dash he needs against younger horses at shorter trips but I would have no problem going up in trip with him.

"The older he's got, the better he's settling in his races and his body language the last day tells me he has settled down. Going up in trip may be the way to go. I certainly wouldn't be writing him off just yet."

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