RACING: Willie Mullins aims Faugheen at Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day

Ruby Walsh on Faugheen
Ruby Walsh on Faugheen
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Faugheen stars in a potential field of seven for the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day after the race was reopened.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old remains unbeaten in seven starts under Rules and confirmed his well-being with a victory at Ascot last month.

A fascinating clash is in store with Paul Nicholls entering Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Irving.

Nicky Henderson is set to run the unexposed Sign Of A Victory, who created a strong impression when winning a handicap at Ascot from stablemate Dawalan, while John Ferguson can call on Elite Hurdle victor Purple Bay.

Recent chasing debutant Sgt Reckless could return to the smaller obstacles for Mick Channon.

Blue Heron represents Dan Skelton, with Nick Williams calling on Hint Of Mint.