After missing the 2016 Cheltenham Festival through injury, Faugheen is the anti-post favourite to regain his crown in 2017. Faugheen’s stable mate Annie Power broke her Cheltenham duck, when she took Faugheen’s crown by winning the Champion Hurdle. Trainer Willie Mullins, who again stole the show on the opening day of this year’s festival, could have a major headache next year if all his star-studded stable is fit. Annie Power only ran in the Champion Hurdle instead of the Mares Hurdle due to Faugheen’s injury. The headache has come because Annie Powers replacement in the Mares Hurdle, Vroum Vroum Mag also romped to victory.
Until Faugheen was ruled out through injury it was hard to see who would have beaten him, so as long as he comes back fit and well Faugheen will be tough to beat in 2017. Mullins is hoping Faugheen will be ok to race at Punchestown in April. Faugheen was also dominant their last season. The bookies are already fearing the returning Faugheen, as the bets price you can get on him regaining his crown is only 2/1 and new have a whole year in front of us yet. Over the last few years Willie Mullins has monopolised the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, but may people would like to see some of his stars race each other. Sadly this will never happen, but we would all love to see Faugheen take on Annie Power next year.