The 18-time, Grade 1 winning hurdler HURRICANE FLY will face Jezki and Our Conor again at Leopardstown on Sunday as he bids to defend his Irish Champion Hurdle crown.
BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
Last time the trio met was is the Ryanair Hurdle last month and Willie Mullins’ ten-year-old proved just how good he is yet again under Ruby Walsh.
The 2013 Champion Hurdle winner will face the same two rivals, who are both shortlisted for this year’s renewal of the Champion Hurdle and both are set to be in better shape.
Last time, Jezki got stuck behind Our Conor and the latter was running in his first race of the season, so is sure to be much fitter now.
That being said, it will still be an extremely difficult task for the pair, whilst Captain Cee Bee will complete the field at a price of 100/1 with Bet Victor.
The Fly is a heavy favourite and can be backed at 4/6 in places, whilst Ryanair runner-up Jezki is best price 7/2 with Paddy Power. Our Conor is a valuable price of 9/2 with Boylesports and represents fine forecast value.
Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1)
Defy Logic and Felix Yonger are the 9/4 joint favourites for the other Grade 1 on the card. The pair met at Punchestown in November and the latter was just too good for Paul Nolan’s seven-year-old then, however the former has since proved how good he is on soft ground.
Mozoltov is another who certainly cannot be ruled out following a hat-trick of wins and a liking for rain and soft ground. He beat Mallowney by seven lengths and can put pressure on the two market leaders here.
Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
The Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle is another difficult contest or punters, with all six horses in with a real chance. Most will need to improve and Wounded Warrior looks a good prospect.
Noel Meade’s entry is 7/2 with Paddy Power, whilst Mullins’ Sure Reef leads the betting again at relatively short odds of 5/2. Gilt Shadow can play a part if back to his best, whilst Moonshine Lad and Gallant Tipp both warrant respect for this fascinating race.
POWDER HOUND has a very good chance of taking the opener, following a very good second on his debut at Fairyhouse behind Abyssial who looks a fine prospect.
Treat Yourself and Slew Charm both warrant respect in the third race of the day, whilst Hold Em Cowboy and Wrong Turn represent decent value in the penultimate race of the meeting.
Finally, Mullins’ unraced Killer Crow is sure to be backed, however Windsor Park and Princely Conn may have the experience to win the last.
Other racing is available elsewhere throughout Sunday at Sedgefield and Wolverhampton, with action starting at 13.10 pm and finishing at 5.00 pm.
BETS OF THE DAY:
Leopardstown – 2:35 HURRICANE FLY (nap)
Wolverhampton – 5:00 SUPA SEEKER
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