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Faugheen fears allayed by Mullins

29th December 2018, 14:56 by Tom McGarry

Trainer Willie Mullins says Faugheen was not seriously hurt during his fall in Friday's Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The nine-time Grade One winner went down at the penultimate hurdle when chasing down leader and eventual winner, Apple's Jade.

After spending time on the ground, he got back to his feet and was walked back to the enclosure by jockey Ruby Walsh.

The incident raised concerns Faugheen may have suffered a serious injury, but Mullins has moved to allay those fears although he does not know when the 10-year-old will return to competitive action.

"He's fine. He's sore this morning, but he's fine," Mullins was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "He's going to be sore for a few days. We'll have to see how he is. We'll leave him for the weekend and probably just hand-walk him.

"Ruby hadn't asked the question, but who knows what would have happened as it was so far out? Anyway, he's in good order."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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