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VIDEO: Saldier seals surprise success in Morgiana Hurdle
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VIDEO: Saldier seals surprise success in Morgiana Hurdle
on 16 November 2019
The five-year-old, who was running for the first time in 371 days, gave trainer Willie Mullins a 10th winner of the Punchestown Grade 1 test

WILLIE Mullins won a 10th Grade 1 Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown as Saldier emerged best of his three runners.

Stablemate 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.

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