punchestown 27th Apr
Sent off the 4-11 favourite despite losing his crown last month, the eight-year-old was settled in last place by Ruby Walsh, but with only four runners he was always close enough in the testing conditions.
Thousand Stars gave way to stablemate Zaidpour on the home turn, but Hurricane Fly had the move covered and after drawing level by the final flight, he kicked away quickly to win by two and a half lengths in a thoroughly professional manner.
Tom Cooper's eight-year-old Lucky William (4-1) had come up short on previous runs at the top level, but there was nothing fortunate about the tenacious battler's thrilling victory in the Ryanair Novice Chase.
Geraghty completed a double when 11-8 favourite Oscara Dara powered to the front closing on the final flight and stuck on well to beat his Nicky Henderson-trained stable companion Malt Master by three and a half lengths in the Star Best For Racing Coverage Novice Hurdle.
Held up for most of the way, the 100-30 chance was driven into contention approaching the final flight, where there were four in a line, and he got away from it best to forge clear by two lengths from Colour Squadron.
It was back to normal in the concluding ITBA Fillies Scheme Premier Bumper as Willie Mullins scored a 1-2, with Glens Melody (11-1) scooting past stablemate Tasitiocht to win by three and a half lengths under Katie Walsh.
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