Faugheen. The Greatest Hits.
If Faugheen was a band he’d certainly be approaching the Greatest Hits era of his career so as he looks to make his return to the track for what looks like one more season here’s a look back at some of his finest moments.
Cheltenham Festival 2014 – Neptune Hurdle
Faugheen came to Cheltenham for the first time in 2014 following five successive victories in Novice Hurdles. He came to The Festival with a lofty reputation going off the 6/4 favourite. He sure well lived up to said reputation though winning the race comfortably by over four lengths on what looked just the beginning of his partnership with Ruby Walsh.
Punchestown Festival 2014 – Champion Novice Hurdle
Following the Cheltenham success Faugheen then returned to home soil and the Punchestown Festival where he’d go off the 1/2 favourite. Just like Cheltenham he’d once justify his price and in more emphatic style this time going on to win by the tune of 12 lengths.
Cheltenham Festival 2015 – Champion Hurdle
Faugheen would return to the Cheltenham Festival for a tilt at the Champion Hurdle following two Grade 1 victories in the Morgiana and Christmas Hurdle earlier in the season. He’d once again go off at odds on this time at 4/5 and once again he’d stamp his authority on what was an experienced Grade 1 field with the likes of stablemate Hurricane Fly in there.
Kempton 2015 – Christmas Hurdle
For the first time Faugheen went into a race on the back of a loss with a shock defeat in the Morgiana at Punchestown. It was the first time there were a few proper questions hanging over him and he answered them in emphatic style with a seven length victory to put him back on song in dominant style.
Leopardstown 2016 – Irish Champion Hurdle
It was the first time Faugheen would face off against his Morgiana conquerer Nichols Canyon and it was dubbed the biggest of rematches. Nichols Canyon would try to stay with Faugheen however turning for home that devastating kick would come into play and Faugheen would go on to win by 13 lengths.
Punchestown 2017 – Morgiana Hurdle
After nearly 2 years off the track with injury Faugheen would make his return to the track in the Punchestown Grade 1 and no one quite knew what to expect. They were to soon find out, it looked as though The Machine was back in full working order as a 16 length victory propelled him back to the top of the Champion Hurdle markets.
Punchestown 2018 – Stayers Hurdle
Following a season that didnt quite work out due to a number of potential reasons Faugheen tried a step up in trip to 3 miles far longer than anything he’d tried since his pointing days. He’d take up his usual front running style again and he wouldn’t see another rival going on to win by the tune of 13 lengths.