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Hurricane may step up in trip

By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Dan Heap

Nineteen time Grade 1 winner Hurricane Fly may be stepped up in trip next season, having failed to deal with his younger rivals over the minimum distance in the current campaign.

The two time Champion Hurdle winner has had to deal with the new generation of 2 mile hurdlers this season in the form of The New One, My Tent Or Yours and particularly Jezki, with the latter being his conqueror at Cheltenham and again in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. Now champion trainer Willie Mullins is considering stepping his aging star up in trip, as he searches for more Grade 1 glory with the son of Montjeu.

“He’s only ten and he’s still a relatively young horse in National Hunt terms and he is injury free,” Mullins said in the Irish Times. “I think he’s still got one or two Grade 1s left in him and we might just go up in trip.

“He might have lost the dash he needs against younger horses at shorter trips but I would have no problem going out in trip with him.

“The older he’s got, the better he’s settling in his races and his body language the last day tells me he has settled down. Going up in trip may be the way to go. I certainly wouldn’t be writing him off just yet.”

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