Talking Horses: Rich Ricci dismisses ‘got at’ fears over Faugheen flop

Owner says he has no grounds for concern that top-class hurdler could have been nobbled before Christmas defeat

Rich Ricci has dismissed fears that Faugheen may have been ‘got at’, or doped to underperform by some malign influence, when he ran so disappointingly at Leopardstown over Christmas. There was some loose chat at the time that the dismal efforts by both Faugheen and Sizing John (from another stable) that week were so bad as to be a cause for concern but Ricci says he has total faith in the security systems put in place by Faugheen’s trainer, Willie Mullins.

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