Sharjah all set in bid to join the greats at Leopardstown | Racing News

Sharjah is set to aim for equaling Istabraq and Hurricane Fly’s record of four wins in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29th.

Willie Mullins’ eight-year-old, who was also runner-up in the previous two Champion Hurdles against Epatante and Honeysuckle, started his season in the best possible way by winning the Hardle Morgiana in November.

However, he reserves the best for Leopardstown at Christmas and regular runner Patrick Mullins believes the good terrain and nature of the Leopardstown track suit him perfectly.

“It’s pretty dry in Leopardstown, the drainage works very well and there’s a long straight with a long smooth curve that gives it something to aim for. I think it’s the terrain that really suits it,” he said.

“It’s funny, the track they use in February is a lot wider than the track and it gets watered during the summer and he doesn’t seem to operate on it at all. But inside, he seems to jump off.

“The mare (Honeysuckle) is the one to beat (in March) and is very hard to beat, but horses are not machines and if something happens that day, he might catch her. But she doesn’t go to Christmas and that makes life so much more. easy for Sharjah. “

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