Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle Guide 2022

Joe Glayshier | @joeglayshier

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Danny Mullins

Saldier

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 160
Days: 14

Finished third in a grade one hurdle race won by State Man last month at Punchestown. Has struggled in the last year or so and last win was at Tipperary in October last year.

Probably one to avoid with others preferred here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-106
20/11/22PUN16.5Y11-123
19/02/22GOW16Hy11-86
28/12/21LEO24Sft11-12PU
28/11/21FAI20Gd11-125
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Davy Russell

Sire Du Berlais

J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 154
Days: 21

Finished fifth behind Home By The Lee in a grade two hurdle contest at Navan last month. Last win was a 16/1 grade one success at Aintree in April where he was in good form. He has been a bit indifferent over the last year and difficult to see that changing here.

Can’t see him beating or rivalling Honeysuckle here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/12/22LEO24Sft11-10PU
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-105
13/11/22NAV20Y11-125
28/04/22PUN23.5Gd/Y11-104
09/04/22AIN24.5GS11-71
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Keith Donoghue

Darver Star

J: Keith Donoghue
T: Gavin Cromwell
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 149
Days: 54

Won the Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Hurdle by 7 ½ lengths after favourite Abacadabras was pulled up in October.

He didn’t have too much trouble there against a poor field and has largely struggled at this level. Not sure he can continue his winning run in a tough race here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/10/22PUN18Gd11-121
05/09/22GAL21.5Gd11-131
06/08/22KLB25Gd11-51
08/07/22COR20Gd11-62
18/04/22FAI20Y11-37
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Rachael Blackmore

Honeysuckle

J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-3
OR: 165
Days: 219

Returns after a 219 day break, following her victory in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in April. She won by three lengths that day, taking her to 16 wins from 16 career races.

It feels like a seventeenth success is on the horizon here and if on song, 17 out of 17 becomes extremely possible.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-33
29/04/22PUN16Gd/Y11-51
15/03/22CHL16.5GS11-31
06/02/22LEO16Y11-51
28/11/21FAI20Gd11-51
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Mr P W Mullins

Echoes In Rain

J: Mr P W Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-3
OR: 150
Days: 219

She has been successful recently in hurdle contests, but not to the level that is required here.

She’s been pretty inconsistent in class one company and it seems like it will be difficult for her to challenge Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle here.

She could be the each way play here if back to her best.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-3F
25/09/22CUR16.5Y9-32
25/07/22GAL17Sft11-31
20/05/22CUR14Gd/Y9-72
29/04/22PUN16Gd/Y11-52
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Sean O'Keeffe

Ashdale Bob

J: Sean O'Keeffe
T: Mrs John Harrington
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: 152
Days: 21

He is one of the fresher horses in the race, after finishing third in a grade two hurdle race at Navan last month. He’s been doing okay alongside class one company, placing in each of his last five outings.

He also has previous success here at Fairyhouse, winning a grade two hurdle race in April but that was last year. Honeysuckle to have too much for him here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/12/22LEO24Sft11-102
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-104
13/11/22NAV20Y11-33
28/04/22PUN23.5Gd/Y11-102
16/03/22CHL21Sft11-73
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Jack Kennedy

Teahupoo

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-10
OR: 158
Days: 219

Comes off a long break, where he was a disappointing sixth of six in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle, won by Honeysuckle.

He has won six of his first seven races before finishing last in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March before that disappointing run at Punchestown.

It feels difficult to put him in the talk for victory on the back of those two runs.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/01/23GOW24.5Sft/Hy11-121
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-101
29/04/22PUN16Gd/Y11-126
15/03/22CHL16.5GS11-1010
19/02/22GOW16Hy11-101
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Paul Townend

Klassical Dream

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 163
Days: 197

He finished second 197 days ago in a grade one hurdle contest at Auteil, seven lengths behind winner Hermes Baie.

He has previous successes at the likes of Leopardstown, Punchestown and Cheltenham but is having his first race here.
He can be the one to rival Honeysuckle if on top form.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/12/22FAI19.5Sft11-102
21/05/22AUT25.5VSft10-102
28/04/22PUN23.5Gd/Y11-101
17/03/22CHL24Sft11-105
27/01/22GOW24.5Sft11-124