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Updated: Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 16:38 | Comments

Hurricane Fly is unbeaten in seven races at Leopardstown
Hurricane Fly is unbeaten in seven races at Leopardstown

The record-breaking Hurricane Fly bids to secure his 19th Grade One success when he lines up in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Willie Mullins' superstar has an unblemished record in seven starts at this circuit, with the last three renewals of this race among his successes.

He had all three of his rivals behind when successful in the Ryanair Hurdle at the Christmas meeting and looks likely to have too much for Jezki and Our Conor again.

The Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase has a more open feel to it as Defy Logic bids to build on his Grade One success over the reopposing Trifolium, Art Of Logistics and Ted Veale.

However, Paul Nolan's charge was beaten by Felix Yonger earlier in the season and the return to the near-minimum trip may help Mullins' charge exorcise the memory of his defeat at Limerick last time.

The champion trainer also has claims in the Grade Two Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle with Sure Reef, who left behind a mishap on his hurdling debut to win nicely over course and distance last time.

However, this is a step up in grade and Galant Tipp, who has two wins over timber to his name, and the smart Wounded Warrior are likely to make it a test.

Mullins' stable jockey Ruby Walsh rides Quickpick Vic for Tony Martin in the opening Leopardstown Sports Lounge Maiden Hurdle.

A fair third on his hurdling bow last time, he is likely to build on that, but will need to if he is to stop Rock The World or Little Rocky landing the spoils.

AP McCoy has opted to ride Golden Ticket ahead of The Way We Were in the Sandyford Handicap Chase, which could be telling, while the perennial champion jockey rides Knocklong in the Leopardstown Racecourse Handicap Chase, though he will have to go some to stop Wrong Turn after his recent course success

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