Sharjah ready for to bid for fourth win in Matheson Hurdle | Racing News

Patrick Mullins hopes Sharjah can match Istabraq and Hurricane Fly by winning fourth Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown on Wednesday.

The eight-year-old takes on five rivals in the two-mile Grade One race, including Zanahiyr and Echoes In Rain, who filled the seats behind him in the Morgiana Hurdle in Punchestown last month.

Sharjah is one of three shipyard representatives Willie Mullins and the coach’s assistant and son continue his partnership with the five-time Grade One winning hurdler.

Echoes In Rain will be driven by Paul Townend, while Rachael Blackmore’s mount Saint Roi was fourth in the race last year and is racing for the first time since February when he was fourth behind Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Mullins jnr said: “We are looking forward to Sharjah, it seems you love it in Leopardstown.

“If it could emulate Hurricane Fly and Istabraq it would be very, very special.

“It seems that the ground will be good for him, he has done really well since Morgiana and all systems are working, I can’t wait.”

He added: “Echoes In Rain is better than its run in Punchestown. I think the slow pace counted against her there.

“Saint Roi we all think is better than he showed last year. Obviously he had a long suspension, but neither would be a surprise winner.

“They are both grade one horses and we are very happy with both at home.”

Gordon Elliott saddles the other three in formation, with Zanahiyr having to find three lengths with Sharjah in their Morgiana obstacle course. Petit Mouchoir and Felix Desjy complete the lineup.

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