Speaking at Leopardstown yesterday, Willie Mullins, trainer of the 2015 Champion Hurdle
winner, said: "Faugheen was a little stiff this morning but that was understandable.
Runner-up to Brave Inca in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle
before proving an impressive winner of the ACC Bank Champion Hurdle
at the Punchestown Festival, Mac's Joy was yesterday reported to be in "great order" by his trainer Jessica Harrington and on target for the 'AIG'.
1 Knee Lead: Face the hurdles
and step over each with the grounded foot turned to the outside and the other leg leading with the knee--as shown in the photo.
Pitman will also be running the promising Hitman, fourth in the Bonusprint Bula Hurdle
at Cheltenham last time, at Kempton over Christmas.
The first three deal with an introduction to hurdle
technology, a description of hurdles
and a user guide for food design.
JP McManus will be represented by Jezki, the 2014 Champion Hurdle
winner who scored his 13th win over hurdles
when landing the Istabraq Hurdle
at Tipperary last month, and Campeador, who made a successful start to the season when scoring at Punchestown last month.
Crystal D'Ainay will come back over hurdles
now," said King.
Note: We have 12 hurdles
lined-up for these drills.
The five-year-old, a fivetime hurdles
winner in much lesser company, made the running when fifth in the Ryanair Hurdle
and is again likely to have a pacemaking role.