Faugheen pleasing Willie Mullins ahead of Irish Champion Hurdle

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Willie Mullins has issued an upbeat report on Faugheen ahead of his intended appearance in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival - Day Four - Leopardstown Racecourse Faugheen is a best-priced Evens for the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle (PA)

The 10-year-old appeared to have lost none of his brilliant ability when making a successful return from a near-two-year absence in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in November, but suffered a shock defeat in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown over the festive period.

Although no obvious excuse has come to light, Mullins is keeping his fingers crossed he can show his true colours to claim his second Irish Champion Hurdle success.

He told At The Races: "He did a nice little bit this morning and I'm happy with him.

"If all goes well between now and then (Irish Champion Hurdle) there's a good chance he'll line up there.

"He had an off-day and hopefully that will be the only off-day he's going to have. Hopefully we can get him back to himself."

Faugheen is a best-priced even-money favourite for the feature event on the opening day of the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival.

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