Willie Mullins has raised the idea of stepping up in trip with Hurricane Fly after he was beaten at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals.

The 10-year-old saw his nine-race unbeaten run snapped when only fourth behind Jezki in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and he again finished behind that rival at Punchestown last week.

Mullins believes the 19-times Grade One winner may now lack the speed for the top two-mile heats, but could still make his mark over longer trips.

He told the Irish Times: "He's only 10 and he's still a relatively young horse in National Hunt terms and he is injury free. I think he's still got one or two Grade Ones left in him and we might just go up in trip.

"He might have lost the dash he needs against younger horses at shorter trips but I would have no problem going out in trip with him.

"The older he's got, the better he's settling in his races and his body language the last day tells me he has settled down. Going up in trip may be the way to go. I certainly wouldn't be writing him off just yet."