IT was fabulous to see Faugheen win again on Saturday. Fabulous for a number of reasons. By the bare fact that he won again - for the first time since April 2018. That he did so by overcoming a near race-ending jumping error. And now there is the added promise the Machine is set for another captivating chapter in his already illustrious career.

It is a career that attracted adulation from an early stage. A long-term favourite for both the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle and then the Champion Hurdle, Faugheen duly delivered on each of those days, to mass acclaim. Then there was the beginning of a down-up-down-up sequence that has endeared him further to the racing public.