Hurricane Fly world record

Julian Harris
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TRAINER Willie Mullins insists that there is still room to improve his champion hurdler Hurricane Fly, despite the nine-year-old setting a new world record of 17 Grade One victories in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday.

Ridden by Ruby Walsh, the win saw Hurricane Fly overtake Kauto Star and John Henry in the record books, having started the race as the outstanding favourite at 1/16.

Yet the result was not as easy as the odds suggested, with stablemate Marito closing in to finish a close second.

“That’s probably one of his least impressive performances, if not his least,” Mullins said. “Paddock observers would have said he’s as big and as heavy as he’s ever been. I think there is a lot of improvement in him.” Fly is third favourite for the 2014 Champion Hurdle.