Hurricane Fly is to fly high again in the Ryanair Hurdle making it nine Grade One wins at Leopardstown

The former Champion Hurricane Fly will be odds on favourite to win a ninth grade one at Leopardstown when he takes to the field in the Ryanair Hurdle later this afternoon. There he will face an old rival in Jezki who defeated him in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, but this will be a different affair with Mullins’ horse back on his favourite turf. Hurricane Fly is simply unstoppable at Leopardstown and all efforts for Jezki will be aimed  instead at Cheltenham in March.

The Grade One Topaz Novice Chase  (Leopardstown 3.05) may see The Tullow Tank return to winning ways in conditions that should suit him. However, the likely favourite Don Poli will be no pushover and comes to the contest in great form.

At Newbury, the Grade One Challow Hurdle will go the way of the improving Blaklion who was a runaway winner last time out at Cheltenham.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – HURRICANE FLY (RYANAIR HURDLE – LEOPARDSTOWN 1.25)

Unbeatable at Leopardstown, Hurricane Fly will add to his awesome tally of Grade One victories in a field. His main rival’s aims are elsewhere.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – SEVEN NATION ARMY E/W (NEWBURY 3.50)

This grey has shown some excellent bumper form and could be very useful as a recruit to hurdling. He will be sharper after his first outing over obstacles and provides excellent each way value against the Henderson pair.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – VIGIL (LEOPARDSTOWN 3.35)

Archer would have known how highly regarded this bumper horse is. The shrewd horseman would have wanted to be on this Dermot Weld certainty.

Crockford’s Gambles on Monday 29 December:

Newbury – Knockanrawley (1.35), Blaklion (2.10), Fayette County (2.45) and Tony Star e/w (3.15)

Leopardstown – Windsor Park (12.55), Fairytale Theatre e/w (2.35) and The Tullow Tank e/w (3.05)

Limerick – Gitane Du Berlais (1.40)

(Featured Photograph – Hurricane Fly at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice

Hurricane Fly