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Blackmore and Honeysuckle extend unbeaten record to 16 by landing Punchestown Champion Hurdle

Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle extend unbeaten record to 16 as the star mare lands second successive Punchestown Champion Hurdle

  • Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle achieved another big-race success 
  • The 1-5 favourite finished three lengths clear of Echoes In Rain on Friday
  • The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare has now won 12 Grade One races 

Honeysuckle extended her unbeaten record to 16 races as she landed Friday’s Punchestown Champion Hurdle by three lengths in the hands of Rachael Blackmore.

The 1-5 favourite lost momentum at the final hurdle but still pulled three lengths clear of Echoes In Rain.

Henry de Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle has now won 12 Grade One races, which include the last two Champion Hurdles and the last three Irish Champion Hurdles.

Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle landed the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday

The eight-year-old mare will be back in the autumn when a showdown with Nicky Henderson’s scintillating Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Constitution Hill will be highly anticipated.

Blackmore said: ‘She is incredibly talented. She always does what she has to do. She takes it to a whole new level and blows good horses out of the water.’ 

On his final ride before retirement, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National winner Robbie Power finished last of the six runners on Teahupoo.

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