Honeysuckle Going Down Same Route In What Looks Her Final Season

James Mackie | @jamesmackieee

Honeysuckle

The Queen of jumps racing Honeysuckle is set to return in the Group One Hatton's Grace Hurdle for a fourth year, with the mare going down the same route as she has over the last few years in what looks to be her final season.

She has been a star for the yard over the last three or four years taking Grade Ones like the Mares Hurdle, 2x Champion Hurdles, 3x Hatton's Grace Hurdles, 3x Irish Champion Hurdles and 2x Paddy Power Champion Hurdles.

Overall the Kenneth Alexander-owned seven year old has claimed 17 wins in a row, if including her point to point race and will hope to stay unbeaten next term.

Her trainer Henry de Bromhead does not plan to change from her traditional starting point this term, with a fourth Hatton’s Grace in Honeysuckle’s sights and if all goes to plan she will then be sent off to stud.

(Credit ATR) He said: “I haven’t seen her but Nuala Lynch, who looks after her in Rathmore Stud, says she looks great. She will come back in after Galway, which is the same as previous years.

“We’re working towards the same route as the last two years, beginning with the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (at Fairyhouse in November).”