Cheltenham next for Sharjah
Willie Mullins says Sharjah's next assignment could be the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham after Saturday's success at Leopardstown.
Sharjah won the Ryanair Hurdle on Saturday and trainer Mullins says the five-year-old may not compete again until the Cheltenham Festival in March.
"The [good] ground made the whole difference to him [at Leopardstown], he’s so good on it,” said Mullins, as reported by The Guardian. “I don’t know [if he will race before Cheltenham], he will have an entry at the Dublin Festival [in February] but he’ll be entered for the Champion Hurdle and he might just go straight there.
“You normally get nice ground at Cheltenham and he looks to be an improving horse. He looked to be very unlucky in that race last Christmas and that’s why we felt he was a decent horse. People were maybe surprised that he beat [the former Champion Hurdle winner] Faugheen in the Morgiana [at Punchestown last month] but when you went back and looked at that form, it gave him a chance.”
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