Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle
Faugheen has enjoyed a wonderful career and it should be noted that the eleven-year-old has won a Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before, with the Willie Mullins-trained charge looking for a final hurrah in this year’s Stayers Hurdle.
The Irish raide has only had two outings this season, with Faugheen finishing second to Sharjah over two miles at Punchestown before falling at Leopardstown in a three-mile encounter which was won by Apples Jade.
Many thought that Faugheen was travelling best of all when tumbling down and he’s shown no ill-effects of that fall since, with a clean bill of health reported for a horse who has bags of class.
Punters have been keen to come for a horse which finished a creditable sixth in last season’s Champion Hurdle, with connections realising that two miles is now too stiff for a horse of advancing years.
However, this is a track where the horse has enjoyed some of his greatest successes and that includes the Neptune success in 2014 which paved the way for him to be described as Faugheen the Machine the following year in the Champion Hurdle.
The favourite for the Stayers Hurdle is Paisley Park, with the horse coming from nowhere to run brilliantly this season and cement his place at the top of the betting market.
There’s little fault you can find with this horse who has shown he can run at Cheltenham after winning the Cleeve Hurdle at the end of January, although whether the horse had much to beat in that race is another matter.
It was another victory over West Approach in its previous victory at Ascot and that was preceded by a slender win at Haydock, with punters having backed it into favouritism.
However, Willie Mullins reports that Faugheen is in excellent nick and we’re happy to back him on that basis.
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