Canyon leads Mullins’ Morgiana team

Willie Mullins is responsible for three of the five runners in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday – but neither Annie Power nor Faugheen are among them.

Nichols Canyon: Will run in the Morgiana

The champion trainer has saddled the ;ast five winners of the Grade One contest and had seven contenders for this year's renewal following Tuesday's confirmation stage.

Annie Power and Faugheen, the last two winners of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, were in contention, as was the brilliant mare Vroum Vroum Mag, but none have been declared.

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Heading the Closutton trio is Nichols Canyon, who struck gold 12 months ago when inflicting a shock defeat on the previously unbeaten Faugheen.

Mullins is also represented by Sempre Medici and Simenon.

The other two runners carry the colours of leading owner JP McManus.

Gavin Cromwell's star mare Jer's Girl is set to make her first appearance since securing her second successive Grade One victory at the Punchestown Festival in April.

Last season's Triumph Hurdle hero Ivanovich Gorbatov is sent into battle by Joseph O'Brien, but needs to bounce back from a disappointing reappearance at Naas a fortnight ago.

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