Patrick Mullins tells punters that Our Connor and The New One are the threats to another Champion Hurdle win for stable star Hurricane Fly

With less than a week to go before this year’s mouthwatering renewal of the Stan James Champion Hurdle, Patrick Mullins told Crockford and Racing Post twitter followers that Our Connor and The New One were the strongest threats to Hurricane Fly.

This news came on the back of the legendary gambler Barney Curley’s prediction earlier in the week that Our Connor was the horse to back in the Champion Hurdle.  Curley tipped up the Hughes challenger as his bet of the Cheltenham Festival at the Galway preview night. Always keen to find value the shrewd Curley suggested an each way investment at around 6/1.

When asked about the possibility of  the unbeaten Un De Sceaux taking his place in the Champion line up, Mullins responded this evening that:

“At the moment we’re leaning against it. The horse might not have enough experience for Cheltenham and it’s questionable that it could set him back at this stage in his career”

Over the last few days support has strengthened for Our Connor following an encouraging work-out after racing at Leopardstown on Sunday, which has seen his price shorten to as low as 7/2 with Bet 365. Whilst money has poured in for the Irish horse, Nicky Henderson’s My Tent Or Yours has slightly drifted following reports of a minor setback even though the horse has been reported to be 100%.

With days to go the former Champion Hurricane Fly is battling out favouritism with the young pretender The New One at around 11/4. From Mullins’ comments it sounds like they may just battle out the finish with the third favourite Our Connor too.

At this stage, Hurricane Fly still remains Crockford’s ante post selection especially given the confidence from the yard in his continued ability to improve and adapt. As Mullins revealed via twitter tonight his views on the tactics and the shape of the race:

“Big or small field. Same with whether it’s a slow or fast pace. The Fly has the experience to adapt to both”


(Featured Photograph – The New One after his Cheltenham Festival win by Stuart Rice)








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