Hurricane Fly an Istabraq Hurdle doubt

Paddy Power this afternoon suspended betting on next Thursday’s Istabraq Festival Hurdle after doubts emerged regarding the participation of ante-post favourite Hurricane Fly.

The Irish layers reported a surge of interest in Hurricane Fly’s stablemate Thousand Stars, and were forced to stop betting on the Leopardstown Grade 1 event.

Paddy Power, a spokesman for the bookmakers, said: “The cash has just kept coming for Thousand Stars and we are just too in the dark about what’s happening until Willie Mullins lets people know what’s going on.”

Trainer Willie Mullins has said little about his stable star but did leave him in the Istabraq Hurdle at Tuesday’s confirmation stage.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mullins said: “Hurricane Fly is left in the Istabraq Festival Hurdle. We’ve also left in Thousand Stars and I’ve really nothing more to say at this stage.”

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