“Hurricane Fly shines like a diamond at the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle”
Willie Mullins’ Hurricane Fly claimed an impressive victory today at Leopardstown as he blew away his rivals in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. He becomes the first horse since Istabraq in 1998-2001 to achieve three successive wins in a row and completed a treble for Willie Mullins today. English raider Binocular travelled well throughout the race and narrowly missed out on a second place in a neck-and-neck battle with Thousand Stars. However neither rivals could catch Hurricane Fly who lived up to his name with a five-length victory.
Commented, Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown “Today has been an incredible day’s racings in the great tradition of the Irish Champion Hurdle. It was such a privilege to witness Hurricane Fly claim his three-in- a-row”
Pont Alexandre added a Grade 2 victory to his impressive record today under the helm of Ruby Walsh in the Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle. A previous Grade 1 success in his Irish debut at Navan confirms his status as one to watch. Whilst Glens Melody upstaged stablemate Zuzka in the Frank Ward Solicitors Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle.
For the past three years, BHP Insurances have partnered with a chosen charity on their raceday as part of a fund-raising initiative. Today’s chosen charity was Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International. Ireland soccer hero Niall Quinn and the legendary DJ Dave Fanning were some of the VIP guests who attended the charity event. The winning saddlecloth from Hurricane Fly’s historic win today, signed by Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh made €800 in aid of the charity.