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Last Updated: December 15, 2010 1:43pm
Hurricane Fly - impressive winner.
Hurricane Fly was an impressive winner of the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
"I couldn't believe it then. I thought he would flatten out about the last, but he jumped it like a professional and put his head down"
Willie Mullins Quotes of the week
Paul Townend always looked to have a double handful on Willie Mullins' charge who tracked even-money favourite Solwhit to the final hurdle.
He let out an inch of rein and his partner lengthened nicely to score by a length-and-a-quarter.
Voler La Vedette ran well in third.
"I was more than surprised that he was able to come out with a performance like that today. Paul got him back for a breather. He pulled too hard for the first mile and three-quarters.
"Paul pulled him back about the third-last and in behind, got a belly full of air into him and put him back into the race again.
"There was so much traffic problems coming round the bend, but he had plenty in the tank and pulled his way through.
"I couldn't believe it then. I thought he would flatten out about the last, but he jumped it like a professional and put his head down.
"It is a much tougher finish here than at Punchestown."
"We'll see what happens, but if the races are there we might have to run and then try to get another run into him before Cheltenham.
"This horse has been unlucky, he's just not got there (Cheltenham) the last two years. I'm just going to go home and think about it.
"There's probably the Irish Champion Hurdle as well. Those are the two immediate races that come to mind."
Sky Bet trimmed the winner to 5-1 from 6s for the stanjames.com Champion Hurdle, spokesman Matt Doyle saying: "'On that performance, he has established his credentials as the leading Champion Hurdle contender from Ireland and there should be more to come if he stays sound."