Unibet Morgiana Hurdle
Grade 1, Punchestown 14:15
€100,000 added,
4yo plus, 2m 40y,
Class 1    
Saturday 16th November 2019

1 Saldier 7/1
2 Petit Mouchoir 16/1
3 Klassical Dream 2/5F
5 ran Distances: 1½l, 1l, 6l
Time: 4m 4.30s (slow by 14.80s)

The winner's tablemate Klassical Dream was the leading two-mile novice last term and after winning at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring, he was sent off the 2-5 favourite on his return.

In contrast, Saldier (7-1) was having his first run since he fell when seemingly travelling better than subsequent ill-fated Champion Hurdle winner Espoir D’Allen last November.

He suffered a broken nose and was given plenty of time to heal – making his return from 371 days on the sidelines here.

Everything seemed to be going to plan for Klassical Dream as he tracked Petit Mouchoir into the straight, with Saldier coming under pressure.

However, when Paul Townend pressed the button on Klassical Dream, there was little response and Saldier swept by to win by a length and a half.

Petit Mouchoir battled back for second, with Klassical Dream a further length back in third. Mullins’ other runner, Sharjah, was fourth.

Unibet Morgiana Hurdle
€100,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 40y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Soft, Soft to Heavy in places

POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1    Saldier 5 11-10 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 7/1
2
Petit Mouchoir 8 11-10 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 16/1
3
1 Klassical Dream 5 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend 2/5F
4
6 Sharjah 6 11-10 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 7/2
5
26 Yaha Fizz 9 11-10 E D Delany Martin Mooney 100/1