Faugheen is the most talked about horse at the moment. Can he comeback? Is he the a Faugheen of old? Will Ruby ride him? Etc etc etc.
We have to face reality that the 2015 Champion Hurdler might never race again and vibes I have from people very close to the owners are that they are considering retiring him! That’s a shock to the system but it is only ‘whispers’ I have heard from people who are in the know. People I know from my days as an owner. They don’t think Faugheen can win at the very top level. It would indeed be a feat from Willie Mullins if he could BUT you can’t rule that out either as I am convinced Willie is in partnership with the ‘man in the sky’.
If Faugheen can’t win who can defeat reigning champion Buveur D’Air? By the way Buveur D’Air was last defeated in 2016 in the Supreme Novices Hurdle by Altior and Min so he has won eleven from his last twelve races. Is he invincible? Let’s look at possibilities:-
Supasundae is not at the moment entered for the Champion Hurdle but he could be supplemented but connections fancy the Stayers Hurdle I am informed. Only Jessie Harrington could convince them to run this very well bred Flat horse and pay the supplement. He is not without hope having won the Irish Champion Hurdle. What did he beat on the day? Possibly a substandard Faugheen and six others. I feel place material only.
Apples Jade looks set to head to Mares Hurdle.
My Tent or Yours is now eleven but still appeals as a placed horse here for owner JP McManus that being his best option.
With questions to be answered about Yorkhill, Melon, John Constable and others. Ch’Tibello was second on Saturday giving 4lbs to the winner Elgin.
Form that looks below what is needed to win the Champion Hurdle. However Elgin also needs to be supplemented if being able to run in the race.
Opposition looks unlikely to prevent Buveur D’Air from retaining his crown as Champion Hurdler but 4/9 is not really a price to jump into with three weeks to go before the race. At this moment if nothing changes then I recommend you might watch the race on the day and just enjoy the occasion. We will see nearer the day!
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STAR ASCENDING – WON 11/4
BROKEN QUEST – WON 11/8
RONS DREAM WON – 8/11
GILGAMBOA WON – 8/11
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