Hurricane Fly: The Ultimate Hurdler

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Hurricane Fly: The Ultimate Hurdler is a celebration of one of Ireland’s most successful racehorses. He is a dual winner of the Champion Hurdle and holds the world record for most Grade 1 (or Group 1) races won by any racehorse. Originally bred for the Flat, this son of Montjeu began his racing career in France, taking a listed race in the process, before being transferred to Ireland where he turned his attentions towards the National Hunt scene.

On 15 March 2011, Hurricane Fly ridden by Ruby Walsh won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. After finishing third 2012 he became the first horse in 38 years to regain the Champion Hurdle title by winning the race for a second time in 2013. On 26 April 2013 he had his 16th Grade 1 victory at the Punchestown Festival, equaling the record for Grade 1 wins held by Kauto Star and John Henry. He took sole possession of the record when winning the Morgiana Hurdle on 17 November 2013. He added a further five wins at the highest level before being retired in August 2015 to universal acclaim.