RICH RICCI is hopeful Faugheen will make it to Cheltenham in March despite being pulled up in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown last Friday.

Leading owner Ricci also revealed that nothing has come to light since his performance, but the Champion Hurdle is still the main aim.


Rich Ricci is still hopeful Faugheen will make it to Cheltenham

Ricci told the Racing Club on talkSPORT2: “Barring anything popping up of a more serious nature this week, absolutely. I think we’ll crack on (for the Champion Hurdle).

“Whether he goes to the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in the first week of February, or whether he’ll go straight to Cheltenham, I don’t know, but our intention at the moment is to crack on.

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“He was fine after the race. We’ve gotten him home. He’s normal. Everything’s fine, which is good news. He’s not lame. There are no leg issues.

 Faugheen was pulled up on his last start


Faugheen was pulled up on his last start

“I’m just hoping that in the next day or two something comes out where he’s been incubating a cold. I think that would be the best-case scenario.”

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