The highflying hurdlers of Ireland Hurricane Fly, Our Connor and Jezki are set to clash in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown

In what is a fascinating contest the very best of Irish hurdlers will meet at Leopardstown in a race that looks destined to determine the Champion Hurdle market. Hurricane Fly’s connections will hope that he can go on to add another Grade One race to his record winning tally, but in his way will be two very talented last season novices.

Our Connor entered many punters notebooks as a Champion Hurdle 2014 winner when he demolished the field in the Triumph Hurdle at the Festival in March. The ease with which he won made him an ominous threat to his established elders and fellow second season hurdlers.

Jezki has been successful in both his races this season and has always been highly regarded. A good run today will make it a difficult choice for his jockey AP McCoy between him and the Kempton Christmas Hurdle victor My Tent Or Yours.

The clash at Kempton sent the Henderson trained winner to the top of the Champion Hurdle market but that position will certainly be under threat if any of the Irish winners were to be impressive.

My Tent Or Yours may have won at Kempton but many still will be in The New One’s camp for the big prize at the Festival given his momentum mistake at the last.

Crockford recommends that punters take prices on any of their Irish fancies for the Champion Hurdle before the off at Leopardstown as the winners price will be set to tumble. Hurricane Fly at 6/1 for Cheltenham looks very attractive.


(Featured Photograph – The New One at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)


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