Champion Hurdle favourite Hurricane Fly is set to make his highly anticipated return to Punchestown on Sunday in the Dobbins & Madigans Morgiana Hurdle, a race the 8 year old has missed in 2011 and 2010.
The multiple grade 1 winner is looking for a 12th victory at the top level as Willie Mullins and Co set about mimicking last year’s campaign programme.
“The Morgiana is the obvious race to start off,” said Mullins.
“I don’t see any reason to change his programme from last year. Fingers crossed he could have another good year.”
Hurricane Fly will be hoping to regain his Cheltenham crown after losing it last March to Rock on Ruby. This will be his first start since winning the Rabobank Champion hurdle last April.
Mullins said yesterday “The Morgiana remains the plan for Hurricane Fly. He’s working away and the intention is to run once we are happy with him later in the week.”
If successful next weekend, it will be 5 victories from 6 starts at Punchestown for Hurricane Fly, a fearsome record by any horse’s standards.
Boylesports already have him at 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March which might not be so astute considering he is one of six Mullins trained horses in the race. Other high profile names like Thousand Stars, So Young and Zaidpour will also feature.
Champion Hurdle 2013 betting with Boylesports
Hurricane Fly 5/1
Rock On Ruby 7/1
Cinders And Ashes 12/1
Oscar Whisky 20/1
Go Native 251
Peddlers Cross 25/1
Countrywide Flame 33/1
Rebel Fitz 40/1