Form is temporary. Class is permanent. Hurricane Fly’s 19th Grade One success in the Irish Champion Hurdle let everyone know that the King isn’t ready to give up the crown just yet.
But the manner of his victory was visually impressive as he scooted away from Our Conor – the 13-year-old was a little too close for comfort for some of the form analysts. Most of them don’t get out enough anyway and Ruby’s comments on the Fly winning ugly were just as revealing. Walsh said:
If you told me jumping the last in the Irish Champion Hurdle that Hurricane Fly would beat Our Conor going away – I’d have had your arm off.
Jezki’s challenge never really materialised after the promise of his Ryanair run December but slowly but surely the five-year-old Our Conor is growing up and has another month to run the race of his life in the Champion, 12 months after his Triumph Hurdle cakewalk.
But whatever way you slice it though – the Fly just keeps on winning.
Stat: Hurricane Fly became the first horse to regain the Champion Hurdle since Comedy of Errors in 1975