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Willie Mullins has decided against a bid for the French Champion Hurdle with Hurricane Fly

Updated: Saturday, 18 May 2013 11:27 | Comments

Plans to run in the French Champion Hurdle have been scrapped
Plans to run in the French Champion Hurdle have been scrapped

Willie Mullins has decided against a bid for the French Champion Hurdle with Hurricane Fly.

There was speculation after the 16-time Grade One winner won at the Punchestown Festival that he may bid to emulate Dawn Run by winning the English, Irish and French Champion Hurdles in the same season, but Mullins has now ruled out the idea.

Hurricane Fly regained his Champion Hurdle title at Cheltenham in March and his win at Punchestown drew him level with Istabraq, John Henry and Kauto Star for number of Grade One wins in National Hunt racing.

"We've shelved that idea and now he's out at grass," said Mullins.

"We'll just concentrate on trying to win another Grade One with him next season now.

"If he manages it, he will break the record, I think, which is held by Istabraq and John Henry.

"I would have loved to have emulated Dawn Run, who is the only horse to have won English, Irish and French Champion Hurdles in one season but we decided against it."

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