THERE are notable similarities between Willie Mullins’s last two Galway Hurdle winners - Sharjah two years ago and Aramon last week.

Sharjah was a five-year-old when he won. He didn’t carry top weight but still had a hefty burden off 11st 7lb and a rating of 146 to defy. Patrick Mullins rode him and he won by three lengths, comfortably enough in the end.