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Faugheen primed for Christmas Hurdle

4th December 2018, 11:31 by Craig Smithson

Faugheen is being lined up for a return to three miles in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, Willie Mullins has confirmed.

The 10-year-old, who enjoyed success in the 2015 Champion Hurdle, impressed in the spring when claiming victory over distance in the Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown.

However, there was a backwards step on his return this season when finishing behind stablemate Sharjah in the Morgiana Hurdle on November 18.

But Mullins is confident that Faugheen will benefit from getting a run at three miles on December 28.

The County Carlow handler told At The Races: "He was disappointing (in the Morgiana Hurdle), but all those hurdles that were taken out made it a funny race.

"Hopefully he'll get back to his better form.

"He probably needs a longer trip and I'd imagine that's what we'll do at Christmas."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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