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14:35 Punchestown

Soft

Unibet Morgiana Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £62654.87
  • 2m 0f 160y
  • 4 runners
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Unibet Morgiana Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

2/7 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10

Form: 11121- CD

Last run: 211 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Top-class hurdler whose only defeat at Grade 1 level last term came in Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham; ended campaign with ready success over C&D in Paddy Power Champion Hurdle and looks set to make winning seasonal return in this race for second consecutive year.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

State Man

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; won the County Hurdle here two years ago and has been dominant at Grade 1 level since, apart from when no match for outstanding Constitution Hill in this contest last year (still ran creditably in second place); better than ever on latest start, easily winning the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown for the second time; very dependable and is clear top on ratings with Constitution Hill missing the race.

1/3

1st

4

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced in second, led going easily home turn, went clear omitted last, easily

2/7

1st

3

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, chased clear leader, not fluent 4th, pressed leader before 3 out

1/2

Form: /F141- CD

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 winner against the mares at this year's festival (2m3f) and all four runs since have been on the Flat, second in Group 3 at the Curragh early this month; ground-versatile mare competing for second here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: -F1101 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Well placed already this season to record a pair of Grade 3 wins at Tipperary, including last month making all in beating sole other finisher 30l; likely pace angle here but lots to find on ratings.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Fils Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, led and clear, mistake 2nd, reduced lead before 3 out

66/1

3rd

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Fils Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

led, clear when not fluent 1st, headed and dropped to last before 2 out, no chance with winner but kept on and went third run-in

25/1

Form: 15426- C

Last run: 211 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle in March, last of six behind State Man in Champion Hurdle here at the festival though; fine second of 31 in Cesarewitch last month so fitness assured but looks to be fighting it out for second here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

2nd

8

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Pied Piper

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle at Cheltenham (soft) this March; should be spot on for this following his August Flat run and, even though he did not stay on quite so strongly as some, his sixth of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last year, when he met lots of trouble in running, confirms he's on the shortlist.

9/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

State Man

TOPSPEED:

Echoes In Rain

RP RATINGS (IRE):

State Man

The Irish Sun:

State Man

POSTDATA:

Echoes In Rain