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Fly on course for Leopardstown

Willie Mullins reports Hurricane Fly to be in fine shape ahead of the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The nine-year-old took his tally of Grade One victories to 18 when lifting the Ryanair Hurdle at the Dublin venue at Christmas.

He showed his well-being ahead of his bid to claim the Irish Champion for the fourth year running with a pleasing spin under his regular work rider Paul Townend on Thursday.

"All's well with him at the moment and he's on target for Leopardstown on Sunday," said Mullins.

Victory at the weekend, where he is again expected to clash with Jezki and Our Conor, would see Hurricane Fly emulate the feat of Istabraq in the Leopardstown showpiece.