Posted: 10th Nov 2015
Faugheen: unbeaten in ten career startsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
FAUGHEEN impressed Willie Mullins when working on Tuesday morning as the Champion Hurdle hero builds up to an eagerly awaited comeback in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday, when he will clash with stablemate and four-time Grade 1 winner Nichols Canyon.
The unbeaten seven-year-old was one of eight entries at the five-day stage along with Nichols Canyon, who won at last season's Aintree and Punchestown festivals.
Mullins said on Tuesday: "Faugheen did a piece of work this morning and he worked well. In fact, I'd say he worked very well. I was very happy with what I saw so all roads leads to Punchestown on Sunday for the Morgiana."
Mullins is responsible for half of those remaining in Ireland's second Grade 1 of the season and Nichols Canyon is the one most likely to join Faugheen in the line-up.
The trainer added: "I'll run as many as I can and I'd say at this stage Nichols Canyon is very likely to run. He was due to have worked this weekend anyway so we may as well run him when the race is there for him."
Mullins' other two entries are Annie Power, who has the Hatton's Grace Hurdle later this month as her likely target and last season's County Hurdle winner Wicklow Brave. Thomas Edison, Identity Thief, Plinth and Queen Alphabet complete the entries.
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