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Ruby Walsh exclusive: Hurricane Fly is, without a doubt, the best hurdler I have ever ridden

The Fly won his 21st Grade 1 at Leopardstown on Monday, and jockey Ruby Walsh has no doubts that he is the best hurdler he has ever sat on as we count down the days until the Irish Champion Hurdle

by Ruby Walsh | January 1, 2015

Hurricane Fly is in really, really good form this year in particular. He has been well-minded, well-trained and well-placed. He was bought and trained to last and that’s exactly what he is doing.

He was very good when he beat Jezki on the inside track at Leopardstown to win the Ryanair Hurdle. The Irish Champion Hurdle (January 25) will be on the outside track, so it should be another cracking race. But I’m firmly in the Hurricane Fly camp and I most certainly am not going to doubt him.


Hurricane Fly is easily the best hurdler I have ever ridden. Incredibly he has only ever ran in two non-Grade 1 hurdles – his maiden and then his second start was a Grade 3. After that, every race he’s run has been a Grade 1 hurdle. Even more amazing is that he has won 21 of them. The only hurdler you can compare him to in my lifetime is Istabraq and I never rode him, so without doubt Hurricane Fly is the best hurdler I have ever sat on.


  • Can the Fly make it a mind-blowing fifth consecutive Irish Champion Hurdle – and in the process pick up his 22nd Grade 1 hurdle success? Ruby Walsh clearly thinks so, and Hurricane Fly is currently the 4/6 favourite for the race, with Jezki at 6/4. Desktop | Mobile
  • All roads lead to Cheltenham and Hurricane Fly will be aiming for his third Champion Hurdle win at the Festival. He’s currently a 12/1 shot and you can get stuck into all the latest betting here: Desktop | Mobile

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