Faugheen the star on show for Mullins at Leopardstown Christmas Festival
21st December 2018

The brilliant hurdler is likely step up to three miles for the just the second time in the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle.

After suffering a shock defeat on reappearance in the Morgiana, the 'Machine' is set to return to the trip that saw him run out a sensational winner of the Punchestown Stayers' Hurdle last season.

Mullins said: "We'll go over three miles with Faugheen (Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle). Benie Des Dieux might come out – and we have Bellshill for the big chase (Savills Chase), as well as Al Boum Photo.

"We have a lot of nice horses, but I think we're all very conscious that we need a huge amount of rain because Leopardstown is traditionally very dry.

"I'd imagine there will be a lot of trainers walking the track this weekend."

Annamix, a French import who shot to the top of the betting for last year's Supreme without having seen a racetrack, could also make his long-awaited reappearance.

Mullins added: "I need to get him out. He was doing great work last year and is doing good work again this year. He got injured last year.

"I was hoping we'd have a race under his belt now and come back for the race on January 5 (Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle), but it looks like a maiden hurdle somewhere now.

"I've been delighted how he's been, but he needs a good dig in the ground – so he might end up down in Limerick."


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