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Irish Champion Hurdle field down to six

Updated: Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 16:55 | Comments

The first three home in the Ryanair Hurdle remain in the mix for the Irish Champion Hurdle
The first three home in the Ryanair Hurdle remain in the mix for the Irish Champion Hurdle

Hurricane Fly is one of six horses still in contention for the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The Willie Mullins-trained 18-times Grade One winner will be aiming for a fourth consecutive victory in the race and is set to face some familiar foes.

Jessica Harrington's Jezki and the Dessie Hughes-trained Our Conor, second and third respectively behind Hurricane Fly in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown's Christmas Festival, are set to reoppose.

Mullins also has unbeaten duo Un De Sceaux and Annie Power engaged, although the latter has an entry at Doncaster on Saturday, while Un De Sceaux could well be targeted at the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park next month.

The field is completed by Eddie Harty's 13-year-old Captain Cee Bee, who finished fourth in the Ryanair.

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