Willie Mullins has decided to “keep things simple” with Hurricane Fly this season as the superstar prepares for his seasonal reappearance in next month’s Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.
The dual champion hurdle winner won the same event twelve months ago on to route to winning a third successive Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, the Istabraq Festival Hurdle, Rabobank Champion Hurdle and reclaiming his crown in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
It looks as if the county Carlow handler will stick to the same route this year with his nine year old.
He said: “I think we’ll keep things simple with him and go down the same route as last year.”
Mullins despite having set plans for his hurdling star is still somewhat undecided about which route to take with Sir Des Champs, one of the chasing stars of last season.
The Gigginstown House Stud owned gelding seemed to hit form towards the end of the season last year when finishing second behind Bobs Worth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup before claiming a well earned victory in the Punchestown Gold Cup.
He said: “I’m not sure where Sir Des Champs will start back yet. I haven’t spoken to his connections (Gigginstown House Stud) and we’ll know more once he starts doing stronger work.”
Mullins is so far pleased with the condition of his talented string, but would like to see the ground turn a bit softer before stepping up the intensity of his training in the coming weeks.
“I’m happy enough so far. The horses are making good progress I think,” said the champion trainer.
“I thought when the weather broke last week that we’d be able to get on the grass, but it’s drying up again now, so we might have to wait a little longer.”