The new girl on the block. Henry De Bromhead’s seven year old mare boasts an unbeaten record and a CV that hosts no less than six Grade One victories.
She won last season’s Irish Champion hurdle at Leopardstown before going on to Cheltenham for a super showdown with Benie Des Dieux.
An inspired ride by Blackmore saw her steal lengths on the field nipping up the inside rail and her mount showing tactical speed and heart to hold off the late challenge of her rival.
This season she’s defended her Hattons Grace crown at Fairyhouse before going to Dublin again for the Irish Champion Hurdle.
Blackmore clearly unhappy with the pace the field were going took matters into her own hands down the back straight and pushed forward on Honeysuckle.
The injection of pace bullied the field into submission and the wonder mare bounded to a 10 length victory over Abacadabras.
She’s versatile on ground conditions, she has gears, she stays further than two miles so won’t mind a hard pace and she acts at Cheltenham.
There could be a new Queen atop the two mile division come Tuesday afternoon. Her and Blackmore make a tremendous partnership and she looks the one to beat.