Ruby Walsh is extremely confident Faugheen will claim his second BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle in three years, Racing UK report.

The 10-year-old who is trained by Willie Mullins, dominated the race two years ago, and Walsh is hoping that there will be a repeat from 2016, despite Faugheen being pulled up at the same track over the Christmas period.

Walsh himself will watch from the sidelines as he continues to recover from the broken leg he suffered in a fall in November, despite doing everything he could to return to action this weekend.

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Talking during the week ahead of the eagerly anticipated race, Walsh seemed relaxed and confident about Faugheen’s current form.

I would be a fully paid-up member of the Faugheen fan club. I think if he does what he is doing at home then he’ll do what Faugheen always does except once. He’s working really well and is in really good order.

Faugheen made an impressive return in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in November, and Walsh is hoping that a performance similar to that will be enough for a second Irish Champion Hurdle crown in three years.