Star hurdler Hurricane Fly is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the Grade One Dobbins and Madigans Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday. Willie Mullins’ 2011 champion hurdler leads a high class list of seven entries for the highlight of Punchestown’s weekend Winter Festival.
Mullins reported his charge to be in good form as he completes his preparations for Sunday’s race.
“We’re very happy with him this year so far. He came back off grass a much stronger horse and seems to be more forward than he was at this stage last year. He did a nice piece of work recently so we look set for the Morgiana at Punchestown,” he said.
Go Native gave an exciting front running display to win his comeback race at Galway last month and Noel Meade feels that he’s ready for the next step as he continues his recovery from injury.
Meade said: “I was delighted with his performance at Galway and to be honest his turn of foot surprised us a little. He seemed to be right back to his best so we are looking forward to Sunday. Obviously if Hurricane Fly turns up he will be the horse to beat”.
Champion trainer Mullins holds a strong hand in the two mile contest with Zaidpour and Blackstairsmountain other possible runners for the Carlow trainer. Dermot Weld’s top class dual purpose filly Unaccompanied, the evergreen Captain Cee Bee from Eddie Harty’s yard and the Edward O’Grady trained Staying Article complete a high class line up for the first Grade One of the season in the Republic of Ireland.
Hurricane Fly could be joined by on Sunday another regular visitor to this meeting as there are strong rumours that Santa Claus will start the Christmas
celebrations with his traditional November visit to Punchestown.
Punchestown’s General Manager Dick O’Sullivan is anticipating the delights of the Winter Festival, on and off the track, will draw another bumper crowd this weekend.
“Last year these two days broke records attendance wise for us and we are really looking forward to a great couple of days once more. The Dobbins and Madigans Morgiana Hurdle is a quality race and has once again attracted top class hurdlers. Needless to say Hurricane Fly will be a big draw for racegoers as will the Ballymore fair for families and locals. The efforts of the Ballymore GAA committee are a huge contributing factor to the success of this meeting,” he added
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