This weekend's racing has been a mixed bag. Cheltenham this early in the punting season can be a tough nut to crack. No doubt some of you managed to pick a few winners with the likes of Balthazar King romping home on Friday, and hopefully caught him at an early price.
Willie Mullins assemble a fleet to take to Punchestown on Sunday, entering four of the five horses in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle. Included in the line up was history making Hurricane Fly. An impressive display from Ruby Walsh & the Fly, as anticipated, saw him break Kauto Star's previous grade one winners record of 16.
At an SP of 1/16, with very little value, it was a race to be admired rather than turn a profit from. Mullins claimed "It's great to get that out of the way. That's probably one of his least impressive performances, if not his least," which I think is fair to say considering the finesse of some of his other victories.
At the business end Ruby's sister, Katy was hot their heels with stable mate Marito, but Ruby closed the deal beating his sibling by one length & a quarter to take home the victory. Ruby had nothing but praise for Mullins and Nicholls (who teamed up with Ruby, fulfilling 14 of the 16 grade one winners on Kauto star) said "To keep a jumps horse on the go that long, to win 16 (Grade Ones) with him (Kauto Star), and for Willie to do it with Hurricane Fly, to go and win 17 is incredible." between Kauto star & Hurricane Fly, Ruby has claimed 25 group one victories.