Mullins: More to come from Fly

  • Last Updated: December 30 2013, 12:14 GMT

Willie Mullins believes that there's a good deal more to come this season from Ryanair Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly.

Hurricane Fly: Can improve on Sunday's victory
Hurricane Fly: Can improve on Sunday's victory

The nine year old recorded an 18th top level success at Leopardstown, beating young pretenders Jezki and Our Conor and Mullins revealed that he has taken the race in his stride.

"He seems fine. He lost a bit of weight but he's fine, eating and doing everything right," the Closutton handler told At The Races.

"It was a very taxing race and obviously Jezki got into trouble but Our Conor had a very clear run and our fellow just had way more tactical speed than the two of them yesterday and we know he stays. I'm very happy with the position anyway."

Hurricane Fly performed to a mark of 170, 5lb below his best, according to British Horseracing Authority handicapper Phil Smith, but Mullins believes that the son of Montjeu has more improvement than that left in the locker.

"There's easily that left to work on. I've been saying that this fellow is stronger than he ever was before, it's extraordinary for a horse his age but knowing what we've been doing with him and I think there's plenty left.

"I've been saying that all along and I'm happy with that," he added.

Hurricane Fly is now set to return to Leopardstown later this month in an attempt to win a fourth BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle before heading to Cheltenham for the Stan James Champion Hurdle in March.

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