Sharjah and Abacadabras head a choose discipline of 5 for Sunday’s Grade One Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.
The Grade One warmth is dominated by Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, with the first-named fielding each Sharjah and Echoes In Rain, whereas his rival runs Abacadabras and Zanahiyr.
Sharjah claimed the Morgiana in 2018 and gained the Matheson Hurdle on the primary of his 4 runs final time period, however then needed to accept third behind Honeysuckle within the Irish Champion Hurdle, earlier than taking second to the supermare at each Cheltenham and Punchestown.
Echoes In Rain made speedy strides final time period and after claiming two Grade Two victories, she triumphed on the highest stage when touchdown the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
Zanahiyr was among the many prime rank of juvenile hurdlers for Elliott final time period and is already a winner this season having returned with a simple victory at Down Royal final month.
Abacadabras gained the Aintree Hurdle again in April, however completed solely fourth to Honeysuckle at Punchestown with upwards of 10 lengths to search out with Sharjah.
Joseph O’Brien offers the fifth contender in Darasso, who makes a swift return to motion having gained the Lismullen Hurdle final Sunday.
Vanillier, winner of the Albert Bartlett final yr, leads the way in which within the Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase.
He may end solely third on his preliminary chase outing at Down Royal, however Gavin Cromwell ups him to Grade Two stage for his second begin.
Sixshooter impressed with a debut win for Noel Meade at Galway and he’s one in every of 5 opponents together with Elliott’s pair of Fancy Foundations and Run Wild Fred, plus Dewcup and Ballyshannon Rose.
Proprietor Kenny Alexander’s pair of Telmesomethinggirl and Gauloise prime 9 contesting the Frontline Safety Grabel Mares Hurdle.
Cheltenham winner Heaven Assist Us and Peter Fahey’s Royal Kahala additionally function within the Listed warmth.