Faugheen ruled out of Irish Champion with pulled muscle

Faugheen: is out of the Irish Champion Hurdle

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos Faugheen will not run in Irish Champion Hurdle By Tony O'Hehir 1:30PM 28 JAN 2017

WILLIE MULLINS was dealt another blow on Saturday when he had to rule Faugheen out of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

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The nine-year-old was due to make his first appearance since winning the same Leopardstown event a year ago but Mullins revealed on Saturday afternoon that his star hurdler has met with another setback.

Mullins said: "Unfortunately, Faugheen won't be running in the Irish Champion Hurdle. We weren't happy with him this morning and while we're not sure what the problem is he could have tweaked a muscle behind."

On Wednesday Mullins had to rule last season's Champion Hurdle winner Annie Power out of the Cheltenham Festival after it was discovered that she had injured a knee ligament after working on Tuesday.

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