No Annie, Faugheen or Mag among Morgiana five

Nichols Canyon caused a shock when beating Faugheen last year

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( No Annie or Faugheen among Morgiana five
By Mark Scully 10:44AM 18 NOV 2016

NICHOLS CANYON will spearhead trainer Willie Mullins' bid to land a sixth consecutive Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday, with Annie Power, Faugheen and Vroum Vroum Mag not declared on Friday.

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Former champion hurdler Faugheen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of his stablemate in this contest 12 months ago and had been in line for a first start since January.

But like fellow stars Annie Power and Vroum Vroum Mag, Faugheen was not among the five declarations taken for the race, with Nichols Canyon joined by stablemates Simenon ad Sempre Medici in the final line-up.

Last season's Triumph Hurdle hero Ivanovich Gorbatov will also head to Punchestown for Joseph O'Brien, along with fellow Grade 1 winner Jer's Girl.

More to follow . . .

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