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Montjeu's Hurricane Fly notches sixth Grade 1

Paddypower.com iPhone App Festival Hurdle  (Grade 1), Leopardstown, 2m

HURRICANE FLY (6yo b g Montjeu - Scandisk,
by Kenmare)

Breeder: Agricola del Parco in Ireland

HURRICANE FLY barely had to come off the bridle to take his Grade 1 tally to six when easily seeing off the challenge of Solwhit in the Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Having comfortably beaten subsequent Group 1 winners Literato and Spirit One in the Listed Prix Omnium in the spring of his three-year-old season, Hurricane Fly undoubtedly had the talent to go to the top on the Flat for trainerJean-Luc Pelletan.

Willie Mullins 2010

Willie Mullins: trains Hurricane Fly

  PICTURE: Patrick Mccann  

However, he losthis way and failed to reach the first three in his next four starts, signing off his time with Pelletan with a never-dangerous last in the Prix Eugene Adam.

But he caught the eye of British bloodstock agent Richard Hobson, who saw hispotential over jumps if he underwent a gelding operation.

Hobson has proven right, and in training with Willie Mullins, Hurricane Fly has now won eight of his 10 starts over hurdles.

Though primarily a top middle distance Flat stallion, Hurricane Fly's sire Montjeu does a fine sideline with his jumps progeny. His other high-achieving progeny in this sphere include Won In The Dark, Blue Bajan, Eradicate, Kings Quay and Moskova.

Hurricane Fly is out of the Kenmare mare Scandisk, a two-year-old winner in Italy, herself out of a sister to dual Ballymoss Stakes winner Yankee Gold and Pretty Polly Stakes winner Lady Singer.

The cross of Montjeu over Kenmare has also come up trumps with Royal Lodge and Preis von Europa winner Jukebox Jury.

 

 

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