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Hurricane Fly takes Istabraq Hurdle
The 2011 Champion Hurdle winner and Ruby Walsh had a routine victory on the final day of the Leopardstown Festival.

Ruby Walsh (far left) and trainer Willie Mullins (far right) today. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

HURRICANE FLY EASED to victory in the Istabraq Festive Hurdle on the final day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

With Ruby Walsh onboard, the Willie Mullins-trained hurdler justified his 1/5 favourite status by seeing off the challenge of Unaccompanied, Thousand Stars and Captain Cee Bee.

The 2011 Champion Hurdle winner got into a good position alongside stablemate Thousand Stars but made a move at the head of the straight and won by a margin of seven lengths.

He could have done no more. He got a lead and quickened when he had to. He’s settling better with age,” Mullins told The Racing Post.

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