Friday saw Willie Mullins superstar of old and ex Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen take a hefty fall well in pursuit of Apple's Jade in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Willie Mullins has reported today that the 10 year old has come out of the race "sore but fine" after he fell at the second to last flight when cruising and looking like he was going to challenge the eventual easy winner.
Faugheen is coming to the end of his career as a jumps race horse but what a time at the top he has had winning nine Grade 1 races over both hurdle and fences stretching from two miles up to three.
The Rich Ricci owned bay gelding after his fall stayed on the floor for some time to the worry of the racing world, but he got up and was walked back to the paddock by the on board jockey Ruby Walsh who suffered his second fall on the day.
His trainer has said after the race that he is in "good order" but his plans of where to go to next are unknown and will be looking at options after he has fully recovered.
(Credit At The Races) The trainer said: “He’s fine. He’s sore this morning, but he’s fine.
“He’s going to be sore for a few days. We’ll have to see how he is. We’ll leave him for the weekend and probably just hand-walk him.
“Ruby hadn’t asked the question, but who knows what would have happened as it was so far out? Anyway, he’s in good order.”