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Sun, 27th Jan, 2013

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BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) of £110,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 1st - £71,500.00 2nd - £22,000.00 3rd - £11,000.00 4th - £4,400.00 5 Declared Soft to Heavy, Soft in Places (Hurdle), Heavy (Chase) Fine, windy


Formscan By Alan Magee - HURRICANE FLY can complete a hat-trick in this prestigious event. The most dominant Irish hurdler since the great Istabraq winning 14 of his 16 starts for connections, with all bar one at the top level, the French-import suffered one of his rare defeats at Cheltenham last year when a number of the stable’s runners were a shade short of concert pitch. Mullins reports his stablestar stronger this season in gaining two further successes, and he holds the upper-hand in two previous meetings with Binocular at Cheltenham. The latter landed the Prestbury Park feature in 2010, and was just a length behind the selection in last year’s renewal. However Nicky Henderson has been frustrated by the weather in getting him out so far this season, and it normally takes a run or two for him to strike top gear. Thousand Stars is a credit to connections and has gained his share of place money against Hurricane Fly in the past. Presumably he will again make the running.

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A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards
Weights - A hurdle race for four yrs old and upwards
Allowances - 4-y-o 10st 8lb; 5-y-o 11st 8lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 10lb; Mares allowed 7lb

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124-Captain Cee Bee 12,b g 11-10

Germany-Elea Victoria

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 152

Edward P Harty

M P Walsh

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111-Hurricane Fly 9,b g 11-10


(1)(George Creighton)
Rated 173

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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36-3One Cool Shabra 5,b g 11-8

One Cool Cat-Behrasia

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Miss Rita Shah)
Rated 131

Anthony McCann

J L Cullen

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-14-Binocular 9,b g 11-10

Enrique-Bleu Ciel et Blanc

(1)(Mr John P McManus)
Rated 167

Nicky Henderson

A P McCoy

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143-Thousand Stars 9,gr g 11-10

Grey Risk-Livaniana

(1)(Hammer & Trowel Syndicate)
Rated 163

W P Mullins

P Townend

Probable SP 1/3 Hurricane Fly, 7/2 Binocular, 8/1 Thousand Stars, 33/1 Captain Cee Bee, 100/1 One Cool Shabra.

Previous Years
2012 Hurricane Fly 8 11-10 R Walsh 4/5Fav (W P Mullins)
2011 Hurricane Fly 7 11-10 P Townend 4/9Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Solwhit 6 11-10 D N Russell 5/6Fav (C Byrnes)
2009 Brave Inca 11 11-10 R Walsh 11/4 (C A Murphy)
2008 Sizing Europe 6 11-10 Andrew J McNamara 10/3 (Henry De Bromhead)
2007 Hardy Eustace 10 11-10 C O'Dwyer 9/1 (D T Hughes)
2006 Brave Inca 8 11-10 A P McCoy 6/5Fav (C A Murphy)
2005 Macs Joy 6 11-10 B J Geraghty 11/8Fav (Mrs John Harrington)
2004 Foreman 6 11-10 T Doumen 8/1 (T Doumen)
2003 Like-A-Butterfly 9 11-5 C F Swan 6/4Fav (C Roche)
2002 Ned Kelly 6 11-10 N Williamson 11/8Fav (E J O'Grady)
2001 Istabraq 9 11-10 C F Swan 4/11Fav (A P O'Brien)
2000 Istabraq 8 11-10 C F Swan 2/9Fav (A P O'Brien)
1999 Istabraq 7 11-10 C F Swan 8/15Fav (A P O'Brien)