Honeysuckle bids for record fourth Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday


Friday, December 02, 2022
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Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore head to Fairyhouse on Sunday in search of a record fourth Hatton's Grace Hurdle victory. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post


Seven rivals stand between Honeysuckle and a record-breaking fourth win in the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The Willie Mullins-trained Klassical Dream, a six-time Grade 1 winner, heads the opposition to Henry de Bromhead’s star mare, with his stable companions Echoes In Rain and Saldier also lining up. 

Gordon Elliott runs both Teahupoo and Sire Du Berlais while Gavin Cromwell’s Darver Star gets another crack at the unbeaten Honeysuckle on the back of winning his last three outings. Ashdale Bob is set to represent Jessica Harrington. 

A top-notch renewal of the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase is on the cards with the Elliott-trained Three Stripe Life heading this morning’s 11 declarations. He will be joined in the race by his stable companion Mighty Potter as the trainer goes in search of a record-extending seventh win in the race. 

The Joseph O'Brien-trained Banbridge certainly comes into the reckoning after his recent Cheltenham win while a quintet of runners, Adamantly Chosen, El Barra, Authorized Art, Gaillard Du Mesnil and Shadow River, certainly give Willie Mullins a strong hand. 

Enniskerry takes his chance for owner/trainer Barry Connell, Noel Meade has declared Thedevilscoachman while Pater Fahey runs Visionarian. 

The “Drinmore” has long been a target for Enniskerry and Barry Connell is also entitled to have high hopes for Marine Nationale which, along with the Willie Mullins-trained Champ Kiely, tops the eight declarations for the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle. 

Mullins will also be represented in the first of Sunday’s three Grade 1 races at Fairyhouse by Hercule Du Seuil, Ashroe Diamond and Polo Lounge with Gordon Elliott relying on Irish Point. Gavin Cromwell’s Path D’oroux and Prairie Dancer, from the Joseph O'Brien stable, make up the field.  

A total of 19 horses have been declared for the Baroneracing.com Handicap Hurdle with Tony Martin’s hat-trick seeker Nibiru, his dual Guinness Galway Hurdle winner Tudor City and Explosive Boy all in with leading chances along with the Noel Meade-trained Pinkerton and Paul Fahey’s Man O Work.  

Peter Roe, General Manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, added, “Honeysuckle makes her final appearance at Fairyhouse on Sunday and it’s a race not to be missed. We really couldn’t be happier with this morning’s declarations for what is a truly brilliant card. The weekend is shaping up to be a cracker and it’s two days of top-class racing to savour. Our thanks again to Barney O’Hare and Bar One Racing for their continued support of Fairyhouse and Irish racing.”

Click here for the declarations for Fairyhouse on Sunday

Honeysuckle makes her final appearance at Fairyhouse on Sunday and it’s a race not to be missed. We really couldn’t be happier with this morning’s declarations for what is a truly brilliant card.

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