Morgiana Hurdle 2021 Offers & Betting Guide

Morgiana Hurdle General Info

The Morgiana Hurdle, now a Grade 1 event, is a two-mile hurdle race run each year at Punchestown. The race is often used as an early prep for both the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals. The 2021 renewal will be on Saturday 12th November, the same day as another important two-mile trial, the Greatwood over at Cheltenham.

The Morgiana is the first Grade 1 race of the season in Ireland, an event that was first run over 2½ miles but one that at its shorter distance has produced a number of high-profile Champion Hurdle contenders which makes it a very important one not just for connections of the runners, but also for bettors too.

Since the year 2000 alone, the Morgiana has produced three Cheltenham Festival winners in the shape of Brave Inca and Hurricane Fly, both in the Champion Hurdle, and Nichols Canyon in the Stayers’.

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Morgiana Hurdle Stats & Trends

10 of the last 19 winners have gone off as favourite, often at a very short price, meaning the Morgiana hasn’t exactly been a race to make the punters rich even when using Boylesports Cheltenham offers or the likes. Favourites have gone off at a maximum of 5/4f, but also as short as 1/16.

What can statistics about the Morgiana Hurdle reveal to bettors about where value bets lie? Trends aren’t the be all and end all with big horse races like this, but it is better to know them than not. Here are some key stats that you should know:

Past Morgiana Hurdle Winners

This is how Morgiana winners have done at Cheltenham since the year 2000, though in some cases the race has been used as a prep for the Punchestown Festival instead:

What happened in 2020?

Abacadabras allowed Gordon Elliott to finally end his long-time rival Willie Mullins’ stranglehold on the Morgiana Hurdle with an albeit unconvincing win in a messy renewal of the race. Popular veteran Supasundae made the early running, along with Jason The Militant who came in for plenty of support from a big price in the days leading up to the race. However, all this did was set the contest up for the big two in the betting. County Hurdle hero Saint Roi was easy to back at the off with the 10/11 favourite switched to the inside after a mistake at the last when it looked as though jockey Mark Walsh could have got a clearer run down the outer.

Despite staying on to the line, Mullins was denied 10 consecutive wins in the Morgiana Hurdle by Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud’s 13/8 second-favourite Abacadabras, who was all out to hold on by a neck. As at the Cheltenham Festival when on the reverse end of a narrow finish, and on his reappearance when turned over at Down Royal, he didn’t find much at the business end. Jack Kennedy had taken things up at the last on Abacadabras, but just half-a-length split him and the rallying 10/1 chance Jason The Militant in third. There was then six lengths back to Coeur Sublime on his reappearance with Supasundae dropping away tamely before the final flight.

What happened in 2019?

Saldier made a winning return to action after more than a year out and extended trainer Willie Mullins’s record in the Morgiana Hurdle to 10 victories. Not seen since falling at the last when tackling ill-fated subsequent Champion Hurdle hero Espoir D’Allen in a Grade 3 at Naas, the Rich and Susannah Ricci owned five-year-old was only supposedly third best of the stable, according to bookmakers who returned him at odds of 7/1. However, Saldier retained plenty of scope for further progress and made plenty of that here.

After chasing the leaders and disputing third spot in the hands of Danny Mullins, he wasn’t fluent four and three flights from home but soon came under a drive. Saldier improved on the outside with a clear sight of the obstacles and led with a much better jump at the last. He only needed riding clear on the run-in as odds-on stable companion Klassical Dream faded to be third for a 1½ lengths victory over 16/1 shot Petit Mouchoir. The third Mullins runner, Sharjah, was back in fourth at 7/2.

What Happened in 2018?

The 2018 running of the Morgiana Hurdle was once again dominated by champion Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins, the master handler declaring three of the 4 runners in the field.

Previous winner Faugheen was sent off 2/5 favourite with top jockey Ruby Walsh on board, but he was put in his place by the stable second-string Sharjah under Paul Townend. The pair travelled into the race nicely and hit the front full of running at the final flight, stretching away to score easily in the end by 7½ lengths.

Faugheen could only plod on for second place with Gordon Elliott’s Tombstone in third and Mullins’ third runner, Wicklow Brave, back in fourth.


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