Willie Mullins has said that he was “absolutely delighted” with Hurricane Fly’s latest workout at Leopardstown on Thursday afternoon.
The handler has not been happy with the reigning champion hurdler in recent weeks,and decided not to run him in the Istabraq Festival Hurdle over Christmas.
However, after working with three stablemates today, Mullins is confident the horse will make the line-up for the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 29.
“Everything went very well,” he said.
“It was more than a little workout, it was a good piece of work.
“I sent three others to gallop with him. He was ridden by Emmet (Mullins).
“Emmet and Paul (Townend) ride him in all his homework, but I’ve given Paul a few days off this week.
“Emmet settled him in behind and he cruised up to the others, and when Emmet gave him a squeeze he shot clear. I was absolutely delighted with him, it was just what we wanted to see.
“We’re working towards the Irish Champion Hurdle with him on the 29th and hopefully he’ll get there.”
Hurricane Fly was unbeaten last season, winning the Hatton’s Grace, the Festival Hurdle and the Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham and Punchestown.