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Faugheen impresses on return with brilliant Morgiana hurdle win

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Owner Rich Ricci after sending out Faugheen to win the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle. Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

Owner Rich Ricci after sending out Faugheen to win the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle. Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

Owner Rich Ricci after sending out Faugheen to win the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle. Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

Faugheen made an impressive return to action in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

The 2015 Champion Hurdle hero could not have been more convincing in the Grade One contest, as he made his eagerly-awaited comeback after 665 days on the sidelines.

Paul Townend, deputising on Willie Mullins' star for the injured Ruby Walsh, let Faugheen bowl along in front and once he asked him to go and put the race to bed, the 4-9 favourite fairly sprinted clear.

Jezki, another former Champion Hurdle victor, was a distant second. Campeador fell at the last when well out of contention.

Faugheen was cut to 5-2 favourite from 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March by Paddy Power, with Betfair 11-4 from 5-1.

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