Sharjah turned over a stable and favorite Faugheen to cause a small surprise at the Morgian Hurdle Unibet in Punchestown.
With Supasundae pulling out in the morning and overshadowing Samcro, a former Faugheen hurdler champion appeared to face a simple task.
Ruby Walsh pointed out to do all at 2-5 Faugheen's shot, which last saw over three miles in Punchestown and dropped back to two this time.
Rachael Blackmore kept it absolutely on Tombstone, the only of the four casual runners not trained by Willie Mullins, but came off before the turn straight.
But when Faugheen looked up to get clear, Sharjah, the winner of Hurdle Galway, had only beaten him after the Bedrock and Samcro at Down Royal, had gone past.
Paul Townend spent the 7-2 shot out to win seven and a half times.
Willie Mullins and Riccis Hurdle Unibet land – but with the wrong! "The silence is overcrowding," calls Jerry Hannon as the winner of Galway Hurdle Sharjah shocks stabmate Faugheen in the Grade 1 climax @punchestownrace: pic.twitter.com/Lh2KtSwikr
– At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 18, 2018
Townend said: "That was quite straightforward for Grade One.
"I'm traveling well through the whole way, it was felt that Ruby was a bit of trouble when I was still doing well and I had fitness on my side.
"The ease of the victory was a little surprised, but he promised to win a big one a few times last season. We will not write Faugheen away."