Mullins: Faugheen a lot better

Willie Mullins issued an upbeat bulletin on Faugheen having been forced to rule him out of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle on Sunday.

Faugheen: Missed weekend engagement

Winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2015, the nine-year-old has not been seen since landing the Irish Champion 12 months ago.

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He had been set to defend his crown in an eagerly-awaited comeback, but met with a setback on Saturday, as Mullins revealed he had pulled a muscle in his hind quarters, although he believed it was not serious.

Asked on Monday afternoon if there had been an improvement, Mullins said: "Yes. He is a lot better today."

Faugheen remains the general favourite for the Champion Hurdle on March 14, as is 11/8 in Sky Bet's NRNB market.

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