2023 Morgiana Hurdle Betting Odds at Punchestown racecourse

Saturday, 25 November 2023

While Constitution Hill and Honeysuckle are heading the betting for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle, perhaps it will be Vauban who is crowned victoriously when the Festival comes around in March. The four-year-old looks a lively prospect and is odds-on favourite for this two-mile encounter at Punchestown.

The Grade 1 race in Ireland looks set to be dominated by trainer Willie Mullins, with Vauban potentially the one to beat if he lines up on 20 November, with Sharjah a previous winner of the Morgiana. State Man and Sir Gerhard means that it could be a twelfth win for the legendary Irish handler.

2022 Morgiana Hurdle Tips

The best horse racing betting sites will be offering Morgiana Hurdle price boosts and that might prove helpful if you are looking to back Vauban for this Grade 1 encounter. It looks as though this horse will be a warm order for the race based on the four-year-old’s achievements to date and perhaps we will see this horse compete as a five-year-old in the 2023 Champion Hurdle.

Vauban was a smart performer during last season’s National Hunt campaign and he rose to the fore when obliging as the 6/4 favourite in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. It was a two-and-a-half length victory against Fil Dor and Pied Piper, with the former horse beaten by four lengths at Punchestown a month later in the Grade One four-year-old hurdle.

Perhaps the Morgiana Hurdle will be a good each-way betting race and it should be noted that a four-year-old hasn’t won since 1998. Sharjah could be an interesting contender and this reliable Willie Mullins-trained runner has obliged as both a five-year-old and eight-year-old.

Should you fancy Vauban to oblige with a win in the Morgiana Hurdle, then you could consider betting on the straight forecast market. As always when it comes to Grade One races in Ireland, it’s often worth trying to consider which horses are likely to line up for Willie Mullins and some of the entries will be entered in other races.