FAUGHEEN is the headline act as 9 horses had been left in rivalry for the BHP Insurance coverage Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Willie Mullins’ 10-year-old is on a restoration mission having been pulled up within the Ryanair Hurdle when final seen over the festive interval.
Mullins has additionally left in Melon, who was third within the Worldwide Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, in addition to Bapaume.
Gordon Elliott’s Mick Jazz took benefit of Faugheen’s flop within the Ryanair Hurdle and is ready to resume rivalries whereas Elliott has additionally entered Samcro.
British hopes relaxation with Philip Hobbs’ Defi Du Seuil who has one thing to show following a disappointing return at Ascot.
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Jessica Harrington’s pair of Jezki and Supasundae and Identity Thief from Henry de Bromhead’s yard complete the potential line-up.
Faugheen was proving friendless with punters on Tuesday afternoon, drifting to 5-4 in William Hill’s market from even money, with plenty of support for stablemate Melon.
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Most money, however, has reportedly been for Defi Du Seuil, who is just 7-2 from 12-1.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “The gamble on Defi Du Seuil has been astonishing and the price has collapsed.”