THE MORGIANA HURDLE IS A PATTERN TRIAL RACE FOR THE CHAMPION HURDLE AT CHELTENHAM
The Morgiana Hurdle is always an important early season races for potential Champion Hurdle horses in Ireland. It is a Grade 1 contest run over two miles at Punchestown and it has thrown up some excellent winners down the years for punters to cast their eye over. One of the best winners of the race in recent years was Brave Inca who won the Morgiana before going onto claim the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham later in the same season.
The Morgiana is a key early season trial with Cheltenham in mind and punters are well advised to keep a close eye on this one with the Champion Hurdle at the back their mind. Willie Mullins has trained the winner for the last eight years on the bounce with four different horses.
Past Winners & Their Performances At Cheltenham The Same Season
2018 - Sharjah - Brought down in the Champion Hurdle
2017 - Faugheen - 6th in the Champion Hurdle
2016 - Nichols Canyon - 1st in the Stayers' Hurdle
2015 - Nichols Canyon- 3rd in the Champion Hurdle
2014 - Hurricane Fly - 3rd in the Champion Hurdle
2013 - Hurricane Fly - 4th in the Champion Hurdle
2012 - Hurricane Fly - 1st in the Champion Hurdle
2011 - Thousand Stars - 4th in the Stayers' Hurdle