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Sunday’s Racing Tip: Lay Hurricane Fly in Irish Champion


Favourite backers that are looking to get some of their stakes back from yesterday on Big Buck’s with Hurricane Fly today, beware!

Like the legendary staying hurdler, Hurricane Fly, who has won two Champion Hurdles and is unbeaten at Leopardstown, is very vulnerable today at skinny prices.

Bookmakers are offering up 4/6 about Willie Mullins’ star attraction in the Irish Champion Hurdle and much like yesterday with Big Buck’s it’s a price they will be more than happy to lay.

Hurricane Fly is an absolute freak of nature and what he has achieved on the hurdling stage has been phenomenal. However, despite his sheer brilliance, in our eyes he has plenty of chunks in his armour despite his near perfect record.

His preparation for this race has been interrupted by a foot injury he sustained on the gallops in midweek and this is a horse that has a history of being prone to throwing in a stinker when something has been amiss.

As an 11-year-old, we have our doubts whether he’ll be at full fitness for today. If he isn’t then either Jezki or Our Conor are more than good enough to take advantage.

Jezki perhaps should of got a lot closer to Hurricane Fly last time out when he em found trouble under AP McCoy when the race entered the danger zone. He is a top-class horse in small field races and has the change of gear to beat any horse in training.

Our Conor too, looks to have much better claims than he did when the three of these last came up against each other. The mightily impressive Triumph Hurdle winner travelled just as well as Hurricane Fly last time out and looked a big threat at the last flight but blew up in the closing stages.

That was his first run of the season and his trainer Dessie Hughes is confident they’ll be more in the tank this time around.

Like Jezki, he’s more than capable of surging past Hurricane Fly. It’s hard to split the pair in my eyes, so the best way forward is to either lay the Fly on the exchanges or take the 6/5 with Bet365 for the Champion Hurdle favourite not to win.

Get on that with a three point win.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 206pts Returned: 241.46pts P/L: +35.46pts

(Cheltenham ante post book: 2pts West Wizard in Supreme Novices Hurdle 8/1 & 1pts EW Harry Topper in Gold Cup 50/1 & 2pts EW Corrin Wood in RSA Chase 16/1 & 1pt Boston Bob in World Hurdle 11/1 & 2pts Felix Yonger in Arkle Chase)

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