Irish Champion Hurdle: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Hurricane Fly is fancied to win again
Hurricane Fly is fancied to win again

Timeform provide you with their 1-2-3 verdict on the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown...

"Hurricane Fly has been almost untouchable in recent seasons, and gained eighteenth Grade 1 success when outpointing Jezki and Our Conor in Ryanair Hurdle over C&D last month. Late injury scare to overcome, but hard to beat."

Captain Cee Bee made a good start to campaign when landing Grade 2 at Tipperary in October, and third on next two starts. Behind all of todays rivals in Ryanair Hurdle here last month, though, and easy to oppose again.

Hurricane Fly has been almost untouchable in recent seasons, and gained eighteenth Grade 1 success when outpointing Jezki and Our Conor in Ryanair Hurdle over C&D last month. Late injury scare to overcome, but hard to beat.

Jezki saw his sole defeat as a novice came in Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham, and won twice this term prior to a solid second to Hurricane Fly last month. Needs to raise his game if he's to gain his revenge now.

Our Conor looked a potential superstar when spreadeagling rivals in Triumph Hurdle in March, and may have needed the run when third to Hurricane Fly here last month. Will strip fitter now, and not dismissed.

Timeform 1-2-3:
1. Hurricane Fly
2. Our Conor
3. Jezki

Timeform View: Our Conor is taken to reverse placings with Jezki from the Ryanair having shaped as if just short of peak fitness there, but that pair still need the imperious Hurricane Fly to underperform if they are to get the better of Willie Mullins' star.


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