Honeysuckle holds on to win Hatton's Grace

Honeysuckle recorded her second consecutive victory in the Baroneracing.com Hatton's Grace Hurdle with a gutsy display under Rachael Blackmore.Conceding race-fitness to her chief market rivals, Henry

Honeysuckle holds on to win Hatton's Grace

Honeysuckle recorded her second consecutive victory in the Baroneracing.com Hatton's Grace Hurdle with a gutsy display under Rachael Blackmore.

Conceding race-fitness to her chief market rivals, Henry De Bromhead's classy mare - sent off at 4/11 - made her move approaching the second-last flight and toughed it out from that point to eventually win by just half a length from Ronald Pump (11/1), who was flashing home late in the piece.

Third went to the up in class Beacon Edge, who ran a very good race and gave the 4/11 favourite most to think about through the final mile of the Grade 1 contest.

Sky Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair all make Honeysuckle 3/1 to repeat last season'a success in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next March.

De Bromhead said: "She's brilliant and touch. They sprinted up the straight and she had a little blow at the third-last so she'll come on for the run.

"They were hard at it down to the last, she toughed it out well. It was a tough race but I'm delighted.

"First run since March so it is hard, you want to have them as straight as you can without overdoing it. It's great we've won it and we're delighted.

"I think we're planning on the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in February and then we'll see, we'll reassess after that. She's got plenty of pace and she can do anything really."

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