Willie Mullins is thrilled to report Hurricane Fly none the worse for his spectacular seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown.

The eight-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign last season, with victories in the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham featuring among five unbeaten Grade One triumphs.

His comeback had been delayed up until his defence of his Irish Champion Hurdle crown on Sunday as Mullins had not been entirely happy with his stable star in the first half of the season.

But Hurricane Fly showed he had lost none of his dash with a truly magnificent performance which left even his trainer slightly stunned.

Mullins said on Monday: "He's fine this morning, which is great news.

"He really surprised me how well he did it yesterday. He was very quiet in the parade ring beforehand, but maybe he's just maturing.

"He was very good in the race and I hope he can improve, but, having said that, if I can get him to Cheltenham in the same sort of form as he was yesterday I think I'd be happy enough.

"We have six weeks until Cheltenham and I'll just train him as I see him between now and then."