• Champion Hurdle hopes Saint Roi and Abacadabaras disappoint
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Sharjah completed a remarkable hat-trick of victories in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown, but there will be as much talk about the performances of Saint Roi and Abacadabaras who many expected to boost their Champion Hurdle hopes but who finished well beaten.

The winner, who went off at 11-2 for trainer Willie Mullins, finished clear of Aspire Tower, with 28-1 shot Petit Mouchoir staying on for third ahead of Saint Roi. Abacadabaras finished a tired fifth some 18 lengths further behind.

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