Sunday 4 December 2016

Faultless Faugheen motors to Irish champion hurdle glory

Published 24/01/2016 | 15:34

Ruby Walsh celebrates as he's led into the winner's enclosure after victory in the Champion Hurdle on Faugheen. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Ruby Walsh celebrates as he's led into the winner's enclosure after victory in the Champion Hurdle on Faugheen. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Faugheen gave Willie Mullins a sixth successive triumph in the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle with an emphatic performance at Leopardstown.

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After Hurricane Fly's five wins in the race, it was the turn of Faugheen (3-10 favourite) to strut his stuff ahead of his bid to repeat last year's victory in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Leading from flag-fall under Ruby Walsh, Faugheen was taken on at halfway by his stablemate Nichols Canyon, who had beaten him in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown earlier in the campaign.

However, a mistake at the second-last put paid to his chances and Faugheen went on to win as he liked by 15 lengths.

The other Mullins runner, Arctic Fire, was second, with Nichols Canyon third.

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