Faugheen to be assessed after Leopardstown woe
Faugheen's connections were left scratching their heads after he struggled and was then pulled up at Leopardstown on Friday.
Having taken the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on his return from a long lay-off, much was expected of Willie Mullins' charge in the Ryanair Hurdle.
However, having been sent off at odds of 2/11, the nine-year-old failed to shine and was pulled up after the third last when seemingly having little left in the tank.
The son of Germany will now be assessed and owner Rich Ricci is hoping to get to the bottom of the problem sooner rather than later.
"Paul Townend (jockey) said he pulled him up because he just wasn't firing. He seems to be sound. When he cools down maybe we'll find out something," he said.
"He's in the horse ambulance going back to the yard, but he's not distressed or anything. Paul just pulled him up because he wasn't going anywhere.
"When Cilaos Emery went by him, normally he would have picked up the bit and cracked on, but he just didn't. I knew we were toast then.
"Some of Willie's horses have been in and out all week. Hopefully it's something that shows itself and we have a horse we can get ready for Cheltenham and fight another day with. There doesn't appear to be any injury, so that's something anyway, but it's very disappointing."
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