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Hurricane Fly retires from racing
31 Aug 2015 18:06
Time has been called on the career of the record-breaking 11-year-old Hurricane Fly, who won an astonishing 22 Grade One races.
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The son of Montjeu won 24 of his 32 races over hurdles, including the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 and 2013.
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He earned connections more than €2.5million in prize-money and had his final career start in the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil in June, when he could only finish sixth.
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More than any other, Leopardstown was his favourite racecourse, with the Closutton inmate unbeaten in ten starts - all at Grade One class - at the Dublin circuit.
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Paul Townend rode Hurricane Fly eight times, winning six Grade Ones.
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"He played a huge part in my career," said Townend.
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"It's sad that he's retired, but, at the same time, he's still in one piece and is a happy horse.
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"The owners and Willie had a chat and decided now was the time.
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"I had my first ride in a Grade One on him (when winning the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse in 2008) and was lucky enough to have some great days with him.
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"He was a tough horse with a huge heart and a will to win.
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"I owe him a lot."
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