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Hurricane Fly storms to victory in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle

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Hurricane caps fabulous Friday for Montjeu

AN EASY win for Hurricane Fly in the Grade 1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown was the second devastating display by a son of Montjeu on Friday.

Hours earlier, the sire's 2009 Racing Post Trophy winner St Nicholas Abbey had announed he was back to his brilliant best with a nine-length victory in the Group 3 Bootles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

Hurricane Fly has now won nine Grade 1 races, including the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old won the Punchestown equivalent on Friday by five lengths from Thousand Stars (Grey Risk), with Binocular (Enrique) four lengths back in third.

He was bred by Agricola del Parco out of the winning Kenmare mare Scandisk, making him a half-brother to triple 7f-1m winner Thunderwing, by Indian Danehill.

Hurricane Fly is the crowning achievement of former jump jockey Richard Hobson's exploits as a bloodstock agent.

Hobson, who sourced Hurricane Fly from the stables of the horse's former trainer Jean-Luc Pelletan in France, has also bought Grade 1-winning jumpers Golden Silver and Saint Are.

Montjeu, who stands at Coolmore at a fee of €75,000, is best known for his outstanding middle-distance Flat performers such as Authorized, Hurricane Run and Motivator.

But, like his sireSadler's Wells, who sired brilliant Champion Hurdler Istabraq, he has also thrown top jumps progeny. His other stars over obstacles include Jewson Novices' Chase winner Noble Prince and dual Grade 1-winning four-year-old hurdle winner Won In The Dark.





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