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Willie Mullins could not be happier with Hurricane Fly as his stable star bids to regain his crown in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
A winner of no less than 14 Grade One prizes, the nine-year-old is one of the most prolific two-mile hurdlers of the last decade.
However, he arguably returns to Prestbury Park with something to prove, having suffered a shock odds-on reverse when only third 12 months ago behind the reopposing Rock On Ruby.
Although he has looked as good as ever in winning each of his three starts this season, most recently securing a third victory in January's Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, many bookmakers have been keen to take on the deposed champion.
While Mullins is never the most outwardly confident of trainers, he appeared in relaxed mood on the eve of the showpiece meeting.
Mullins said: "He travelled well, he's in great form and I'm happy with conditions. I haven't even looked at the declarations. I'm just happy with how everything has gone with our horse so far."
Whereas last year Hurricane Fly suffered a truncated campaign, having just one run before Cheltenham due to various training problems, this year his preparation could hardly have been more smooth.
Mullins is hoping that will make a significant difference to which Hurricane Fly turns up. He said: "He's doing everything right this year so I'm just hoping. I don't think (pace) is a worry for Hurricane Fly.
"He has had three runs under his belt, he has done everything right and bounced back for every run right compared to last year when we just got one run into him before we went over there. We're very pleased and hopeful at this point."
Ruby Walsh will be in the saddle aboard Hurricane Fly and he is confident he can silence the doubters.
"Everybody has to have an opinion and create an opinion. My opinion is that I love Hurricane Fly," he said.
"I can't understand why the bookmakers appear to be all out to get him. I'm delighted to be riding him - I'd hate to be laying him - and I think he'll take all the beating.
"I love the little horse - I've won a Champion Hurdle on him - and his form has been rock solid. He's had a great season and preparation from the word 'go' this year, compared to last year."
Defending champion Rock On Ruby kicked off the season with a fair third in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham's December meeting, picking up minor honours behind Zarkandar and Grandouet, who are both in the field on Tuesday.
He showed progress to win his most recent race at Doncaster, albeit in somewhat fortunate circumstances following the fatal final-flight fall of the exciting Darlan.
Although officially trained by Paul Nicholls a year ago, he was ably prepared by his then assistant Harry Fry, who has made a superb start to his own training career this season.
Fry said: "The nerves probably won't kick in until they're down at the start. At this stage, we're all just really looking forward to it. To have a horse like him running in a Champion Hurdle in my first season as a trainer is great and obviously very exciting.
"He has really come to himself the last week to 10 days and we really couldn't be happier with him. We'll walk the course in the morning and see what it's like. Ideally we would have liked better ground, but at the same time it could be worse.
"He came down the hill on heavy ground like the best horse in the race in the International and a lack of race-fitness caught him out at the end of the race.
"He's obviously much fitter now so while we would prefer better ground, I don't think it's totally against us."
Fry made a surprise announcement last weekend that Rock On Ruby would be fitted with blinkers for the first time at Cheltenham and he is hopeful it will help his stable star take his game to another level."We have been thinking about the blinkers for a while and after discussing it with Noel (Fehily) we decided if we were going to do it, first time in the Champion Hurdle is the right time," said Fry.
"We're hoping it will bring about an improved performance and after watching him in them at home, I can't see any reason why it won't."
Given there is an obvious lack of pace in this year's Champion Hurdle, many believe Rock On Ruby could end up making the running. Fry is hoping this will not be the case, but is planning to leave tactics to his jockey.
"We won't know how the race is going to unfold until it's already under way, but Noel will do whatever is best for our horse," he said. "He'll have a plan A, B and C and we'll just have to see what happens."
Fry is in no doubt about which of Rock On Ruby's opponents poses the biggest threat. He said: "I think a fully fit and revved up Hurricane Fly is obviously going to be heard to beat. His record is outstanding, he has obviously had a much better preparation this year and his team sound much happier.
"But, we beat him last year, and we're hoping we can do it again."
Despite losing Rock On Ruby, Nicholls still has a major Champion Hurdle contender in the shape of Zarkandar.
Winner of the 2011 Triumph Hurdle and fifth in last year's Champion, he has looked an improved animal in winning each of his three starts this term.
With Walsh unsurprisingly choosing Hurricane Fly, Daryl Jacob comes in for the ride. Nicholls said: "He's a seven-time winner from nine runs, he's won a Triumph and is unbeaten this year, but Ruby couldn't get off Hurricane Fly. But we don't need Ruby riding him, Daryl won the Triumph on him and gets on very well with him, it's no problem.
"He keeps on winning, he's not flashy. He's off the bridle for a long way and keeps on galloping up that Cheltenham hill, which is what you want. He's workmanlike - he does just enough - but you don't know what's left in the locker.
"I'm very happy with the horse, he worked great on Saturday and he loves Cheltenham. I was pleased the ground will be testing, as that's ideal for him."
Nicky Henderson has won the Champion Hurdle on five previous occasions and this year has a trio of runners in 2010 winner Binocular, Grandouet and Khyber Kim.
The enigmatic Binocular was fourth a year ago and has run just once this season, finishing third behind Hurricane Fly in the Irish Champion Hurdle.
Henderson said: "His history is fraught with fantastic moments and disappointments, many of which were not his fault at all.
"He's only had the one run and admittedly that doesn't stand out as a great feat in itself. We took him to Ireland in some bad ground and Hurricane Fly was impressive that day and has been all season. Ireland was all right - he needed it - and everything has gone very well since.
"Historically, there's not much between him and Hurricane Fly any way. If we're anywhere near our best, he's in there with a very good chance. He's in really good form."
Binocular's owner, JP McManus, said: "I know he's probably written off in a lot of people's minds but my advice would be if you back something in the race, perhaps you should have a saver on Binocular. I've a soft spot for him."
Binocular's jockey Tony McCoy appears less confident about his chances, claiming the soft ground tips things very much in favour of Hurricane Fly.
"I think the ground getting soft will be better for him (Hurricane Fly) than the others, he stays two and a half and has won lots of Grade Ones on heavy ground in Ireland," said the champion jockey.
"I'd have liked it to have been drier for Binocular as it puts more emphasis on his jumping."
Grandouet has also run just once this term, filling the runner-up spot in the International.
He missed last season's Champion Hurdle through injury and although there were rumours he was going to miss out again last week, he remains on course.
Henderson said: "In fairness, he hasn't run since the International. That wasn't his or anybody's fault. I won't say we haven't had blips with Grandouet, he missed a prep but these last 10 days have been very good.
"I would have liked another run. Everything has just sort of conspired against him. He missed last year's Champion Hurdle because of an injury and he does have a sort of in-built self-destruct button.
"He can do anything to himself in padded cell! We just have to keep our fingers crossed. He's fine now.
"You would have to say that technically, that run in December in the International, rates as good as any and would give him a very sound chance."
Khyber Kim will be an outsider, but was second behind Binocular in 2010 when trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ran a fine race when second on his debut for Henderson in the Kingwell Hurdle a month ago.
"He ran a very good trial in the Kingwell behind Zarkandar. He travelled really well and he just blew up at the end, but he had been off a long time," said Henderson.
The two hopes for the north are Countrywide Flame and Cinders And Ashes, winners of last year's Triumph and Supreme Novices' Hurdles respectively.
John Quinn is hopeful a return to Cheltenham will help Countrywide Flame rediscover his best form.
He said: "He's upped his ante. I'd hope he'd have a position were he was staying on and would have the leaders in their sights turning in. He's won at Cheltenham, if it's horses for courses we know he likes it there.
"He's not the type to burn up the gallops but we'd know if something was wrong. He has to improve but he could."
Cinders And Ashes was well beaten by Countrywide Flame in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle earlier in the season and was also behind that opponent in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
Trainer Donald McCain was hoping a return to better ground would help his six-year-old bounce back, but conditions are unlikely to be ideal this week.
"I'm very happy with him. He's in great nick, but the ground has gone against him," said McCain.
"He's been unfortunate that he's had two runs on horrendous ground. People will point out and say he's won on heavy but that was a novice hurdle, not in Grade One company, there's a massive difference.
"He's a nice ground horse, I said last year he'd improve at Cheltenham for better ground."
The field is completed by Alan King-trained outsider, Balder Succes.
King told his website www.alankingracing.co.uk: "Balder Succes prefers small fields and he won't mind the ground, so with a lack of alternative options, it seemed worth letting him take his place."
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