Faugheen overturns form book to secure trainer’s title for Willie Mullins

• Faugheen started Stayers Hurdle at 11-2 but won by 13 lengths
• Mullins leads Gordon Elliot by more than €400,000 in trainer’s title

Failing to respect a former champion can be very expensive. Punters allowed Faugheen to start as the 11-2 third-favourite for the Stayers Hurdle here, while the jockeys on his dozen rivals allowed him to pinch a healthy lead when the tape went up and all looked a trifle foolish when he romped home 13 lengths clear.

Aged 10 and without a win to his name since November, Faugheen was supposed to be a back number and there was speculation that this might be his final race if he failed to show any of the old spark. But being allowed to bowl along in front against three-milers suited him perfectly and he returned to the warmest welcome of the week.

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