2019 Unibet Morgiana Hurdle tips | Preview and tips for this Grade One Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday 16th November

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2019 Unibet Morgiana Hurdle tips. Our expert takes a look through the betting for Saturday’sfeature Grade One at Punchestown and provides readers with his tips on Saturday 16th November.Unibet, Morgiana, Hurdle, tips, Punchestown 2019 Unibet Morgiana Hurdle tips – Who will triumph in battle between Mullins’ Champion Hurdlecontenders?

Our expert takes a look through the betting for Saturday’s feature Grade One at
Punchestown and provides readers with his tips.

During it’s 30-year history, Ireland’s premier trainers have often used the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle as a starting point for their Champion Hurdle hopefuls. Greats like Moscow Flyer, Brave Inca and Hurricane Fly – a three time winner of the Morgiana – kicked off their campaigns with victory here, before going onto secure prestigious prizes at Cheltenham or Punchestown later in the season.

Only five horses have been entered into Saturday’s renewal of the Morgiana, and I don’t think either Petite Mouchoir (20/1  Unibet ) or 100/1 outsider, Yaha Fizz (100/1  Unibet ) have any chance at all. At the head of the betting we find a trio of Willie Mullins’ finest hurdlers and all three will likely take their chance in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham come March. Leading the way in the market is Klassical Dream (8/15  Unibet ), the outstanding novice hurdler in 2019/20. A month after arriving at Willie Mullins’ yard from France, Klassical Dream hacked up in a maiden at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival. Mullins then threw his recruit into Grade One company on just his second start for the yard, and Klassical Dream proved he was a force to be reckoned with by holding Aramon at bay and claim the Chanelle Pharma Novices’ Hurdle. With his head swung low in an awkward manner, Klassical Dream dragged Ruby Walsh to the front a long way from home in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and I was expecting those signs of inexperience to come back and haunt Mullins’ star in the closing stages. That, however, was not the case, as Klassical Dream powered up Cleeve Hill to secure victory in imperious fashion.

Klassical Dream

A third Grade One victory followed at Punchestown a few weeks later, where Klassical Dream cruised to victory in the Herald Champion Novices’ Hurdle. His unbeaten record will be on the line this weekend, but the bookmakers clearly feel Klassical Dream will be good enough to get the win and I’m loathed to side against him.
Sharjah (3/1  Unibet ) was expected to play second-fiddle to Faugheen in this race 12 months ago, but went on to upstage his stablemate and secure the first Grade One of his career. The former Galway Hurdle winner then repeated that feat at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival, where Sharjah put a field containing Samcro and Supasundae to the sword with an excellentdisplay in the Ryanair Hurdle.

Patrick Mullins then took the ride in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, but their race came to an unfortunate end, as Sharjah was brought down by the falling Buveur D’Air. Sharjah excelled on quick ground last winter, but he boasts plenty of winning form on bottomless going too and a two-time Grade One winner can never be discounted.

Saldier (8/1  Unibet ) also has a Grade One victory to his name, that win coming at the season-ending spectacle here at Punchestown in 2018. Having finished fifth and third in the big juvenile Grade Ones at Cheltenham and Fairyhouse, few gave Saldier much of a chance that day, but Mullins’ charge produced an excellent performance under an inspired Robbie Power to secure a three-length triumph in the AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle.

Sharjah

On his only start last season, Saldier looked to have future Champion Hurdle winner, Espoir D’Allen covered in the Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas, only to come a cropper at the final flight. Mullins decided to give his charge a year to recover from that heavy fall and Saldier could be the forgotten horse to fear in all of the big graded hurdles this term. He does, however, have a little catching up to do before he can rub shoulders with the two ahead of him in the betting.

Out of the three, there’s no doubting that Klassical Dream is the best long-term, and possibly short-term, prospect. I’ve already backed last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner to win the Champion Hurdle and I see no reason why Mullins’ charge won’t continue his unbeaten streak in Saturday’s Morgiana Hurdle.

However, from a betting stand-point, there’s no value to be found backing Klassical Dream this weekend and maybe the best time to catch him cold is on his first start of the season. SHARJAH, on the other hand, has previous in this race, goes well fresh and won’t be afraid to get one over on his stablemate. Sharjah opened his account for Willie Mullins with two smart victories on heavy ground during his novice campaign and his runaway triumph in the Galway Hurdle came on genuinely soft ground. Heavy going won’t be a cause for concern for Rich Ricci and his team and Sharjah has tons of good form from last season to bolster his chances.
I would love to see Klassical Dream get the win on Saturday, but punting is about finding value and the only bet worth taking in this year’s Unibet Morgiana Hurdle is to side with Sharjah to score another upset.