Video replay – Saldier has beaten star hurdler Klassical Dream in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.
The five-year-old, who had been absent since shattering his nose in a fall at Naas just over a year ago, provided Willie Mullins with a ninth consecutive victory in the Grade 1, with Danny Mullins partnering the five-year-old to success.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hero Klassical Dream was fresh early on his return from a summer’s absence and couldn’t match the impressive winner in the straight. He was eventually passed by the rallying Petit Mouchoir, who ran a bold race from the front.
“We let nature take its course after his injury last year and it appears to have worked,” said
“His run at Naas last year showed us that he could be Grade 1 material and he is. Hopefully they will all improve.”
Mullins added of the below-par Klassical Dream: “He threw himself at the first and from there he was just too keen. I think he’ll improve from that and a stronger gallop will suit them all.
“We’ve been lucky in this race, even though our first string has not always won! But they’re all there doing their best and that’s what happens.”
It’s been a week to remember for the Riccis after the successes of returning star performers Douvan on Thursday and Faugheen earlier on in the card. They now appear to have a live Champion Hurdle contender on their hands.
Faugheen has only went chasing at 11. The former Champion Hurdle winner just poorly and even winning by 10lenghts he could improve. He is very lightly raced so he could be winning the RSA at Cheltenham next year.