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Hurricane Fly Champion Hurdle Jockey Arrangements Remain Unclear

Friday 11th March 2011

Hurricane Fly has been a talking horse all season and that continues to be the case with just days to go until the most eagerly awaited Champion Hurdle's in recent memory. The Willie Mullins horse has swept all before him over in Ireland this season but it seems that punters are split on the horse with many believing his lack of Cheltenham experience could well put paid to his chances on Tuesday. As well as that there is still the issue of who will be on board Hurricane Fly at Cheltenham, with the now fit again Ruby Walsh and Paul Townend battling for the plum ride. Walsh is of course the senior Jockey and would normally get the first pick but after missing virtually the whole season with a broken leg, it is young Paul Townend who has formed a successful partnership with Hurricane Fly. Towened has been on board the horse for three wins this season including the Irish Champion Hurdle leaving connections with a tough choice ahead of the big race on Tuesday.

Hurricane Fly clearly has all the talent in the world and if he takes to Cheltenham he should be the one to beat in a race which also includes defending Champion Binocular, the unbeaten Peddlers Cross and the Supreme Novices winner from last season Menorah. Mullins seems not too worried about the fact Hurricane Fly has not been to the Cheltenham Festival before and is expecting him to run a big race in what is set to be a classic renewal of the Champion Hurdle. The jockey booking will be an interesting one with Ruby Walsh keeping his fingers crossed, he has been the top Festival jockey over the past few years and it would  be a big blow for him were he to be short of a top class ride in the Champion Hurdle. Punters wanting to back Ruby Walsh to be the Top jockey at the Festival will also be keeping a close eye on this story over the next few days, there will be a number of Willie Mullins rides shared between the two Jockeys during the week. Other plum rides for Mullins include the likes of Neptune fancy So Young and Zaidpour who is likely to take his chance in the Supreme, with Walsh splitting his time between Mullins and Paul Nicholls as usual in search of the most winners.

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