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  • 14:45 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €110,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €71,500 2nd €20,900 3rd €9,899 4th €3,300
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 52.10s
  • Off time: 14:49:06

Hurricane proves Champion

Cheltenham next for smooth winner

Last Updated: 23/01/11 6:04pm

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Hurricane Fly: Proves too good for Solwhit once again.

Hurricane Fly: Proves too good for Solwhit once again.

Hurricane Fly confirmed his status as Ireland's leading two-mile hurdler with a fluent victory in the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown under Paul Townend.

"I think he'll go straight to Cheltenham now. I haven't any other plans for him. I'm delighted to get that over."
Willie Mullins Quotes of the week

Willie Mullins' ace has now beaten his old rival Solwhit four times out of five and he always held the upper hand this time round after his stable companion Thousand Stars had set the pace.

The runner-up tried to make a race of it on the run to the final flight but he had to settle for second best again, three and a half lengths behind the 4-9 winner.

Thousand Stars was third, with Voler La Vedette fourth and Sublimity last of the five runners.

Direct route

Mullins said: "We didn't know what the plan was going out because we were wondering if Davy Russell would make the running on his horse (Solwhit).

"We weren't sure, so I think between Paul and Katie (Walsh, on Thousand Stars) they must have elected at the start what to do.

"After Thousand Stars won the County Hurdle the way he did we knew he would stay well, so they elected to make the one-two from the start and it seemed to work out.

"I think he'll go straight to Cheltenham now. I haven't any other plans for him. I'm delighted to get that over.

"It's our first Irish Champion Hurdle success so I'm going to enjoy it."

Sky Bet and Coral both cut the winner to 4-1 (from 9-2) for the stanjames.com Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. The sponsors are 9-2 from 5s.

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