Abacadabras and Saint Roi meet


Abacadabras and Saint Roi will renew their rivalry in Leopardstown on Tuesday after the pair of eight horses entered for the Matheson hurdle.

Gordon Elliott's Abacadabras did the Willie Mullins-trained Saint Roi around a neck in the Morgiana Hurdle in Punchestown last month.

Saint Roi was delighted and experienced a difficult passage before heading home after the final flight, which gave hope to his followers that he can turn the tables on the fourth and final day of the Christmas festival in Leopardstown.

Petit Mouchoir, who won this race four years ago, is making his debut for the Elliott team.

Mullins' hand is strengthened by the pair of Saldier and Sharjah from Rich and Susannah Ricci. Saldier has gone off the track since the Morgiana Hurdle landed last year, while Sharjah is vying for that award for the third straight year.

Noel Meades Beacon Edge, Gearoid O & # 39; Loughlins Coeur Sublime and Aspire Tower from Henry de Bromhead's Courtyard complete the line-up.

First class honors are also on the agenda at the Neville Hotels Novice Chase, for which Mullins-trained monkfish will be a good choice.

The six-year-old, who won the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival, was impressive in his chase at the Fairyhouse a month ago.

Paul Nolan's stable star Latest Exhibition was just a neck behind Monkfish in Cheltenham and also had a successful start to his fencing career in Punchestown but was a second grade favorite last time in the same location.

Conflated (Elliott), Eurobot (Meade), Foxy Jacks (Mouse Morris) and Heaven Help Us (Paul Hennessy) are the other great hopes.

Concertista, Buildmeupbuttercup and My Sister Sarah put Mullins firmly under control of the Irish EBF Mares Hurdle of the third Advent insurance, which he wants to win for the fifth time in a row.


Steven Gregory