Hurricane Fly, hot favourite for the Grade 1 feature
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By Alan Magee
Racing at Leopardstown has again beaten the weather and today's meeting, featuring the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle, goes ahead as scheduled following an early morning inspection.
A further 4mm of rain fell at the south Co. Dublin track overnight leaving the going soft to heavy, soft in places, on the hurdle/bumper course. The chase course is heavy.
Fresh ground is available today for the hurdle/bumper races with the inner track in use.
Officials decided to call a precautionary inspection for the second successive day at Leopardstown due to the threat of waterlogging.
The Grade 1 feature sees the Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly bidding for a hat-trick in this valuable event, while former Cheltenham Champion Hurdler Binocular provides strong opposition.
Mullins also saddles the exciting Pont Alexandre, one of eight runners in the Grade 2 Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle.
The first on an eight-race card gets underway at 12.25pm, with the feature at 1.55pm. The doors open at 10.30am.
The forecast is to be blustery with the chance of passing showers.