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Faugheen Trounces Rivals With Emphatic Neptune Romp

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Faugheen was backed this morning like defeat was out of the question and the Willie Mullins-trained raider didn't disappoint as he stormed to an emphatic four-and-a-half length victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle to send favourite backer into joyous celebrations on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Sent off a red-hot 6/4 favourite for the Grade One crown, Faugheen stalked the leaders from the outset and whilst some began to wave the white flag at the top of the hill he cruised to the front and despite a couple of novicey jumps he duly stamped his authority on the race turning for home.

A spring-heeled leap at the last flight saw him take another length out of his rivals and whilst the likes of Ballyalton and Rathvinden, who finished second and third battled it out for the minor honours, Walsh was already aloft in the saddle as approached the winning line to celebrate to the crowd a simply scintillating victory by the Co. Carlow inmate.

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