Monday, June 07, 2021

Faugheen arriving at the Irish National Stud with Willie Mullins
Photos: carolinenorris.ie

 

One of the favourites of Carlow horse trainer Willie Mullins has found a new home.

Champion hurdler Faugheen is enjoying a well earned retirement at the Irish National Stud after moving from the Mullins yard in Closutton, Bagenalstown.

Faugheen is best known for winning the 2015 Champion Hurdle and back-to-back Christmas Hurdles in 2014 and 2015. His best performance came in the 2016 Irish Champion Hurdle for which he was rated the best two-mile hurdler of the 21st century. His final victory came at the 2020 Dublin Racing Festival as Faugheen rolled back the years and brought the house down with an emotional victory in the Grade 1 Novice Chase.

Earning over €1 million in prize money he became known by his admiring public as ‘Faugheen the Machine’.

He finished his racing career with 17 wins in 25 races and 11 Grade One wins. Trained by multiple Champion trainer Willie Mullins he was partnered to Grade 1 victory by Ruby Walsh, Paul Townend, David Mullins and Paddy Mullins. The son of Germany was bred in Galway, by the late Dr John Waldron and was looked after and ridden out throughout his time in training by John Codd.

Faugheen has arrived at the Irish National Stud where he has been settling in with his fellow ‘Living Legends’, Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Kicking King and Rite Of Passage.

The ‘Living Legends’ are a great feature of the visitor experience where their heroic exploits on the track are recounted to thousands of visitors from around the globe each year.

Owner Rich Ricci of Faugheen said: “Faugheen is indeed a legend – not just for his exploits on the racecourse, but for the place he occupies in many racing fans’ affections. He has been an honour to own and while we will miss him, we are delighted he has retired to the wonderful Irish National Stud and can be seen and shared by the public.”

 

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