Ten rivals ready to take on Honeysuckle in Hatton’s Grace | Race News

Honeysuckle will face a maximum of 10 rivals in his bid to win the Grace Hurdle from Baroneracing.com Hatton at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Henry de Bromhead’s mare remains unbeaten in 12 regulated races, including the last two renewals of this Grade One, two Irish Champion Hurdles and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

She should be sent off at prohibitive odds to make it three in a row this weekend – but there is a lot of quality among her potential opposition, mainly from the Willie Mullins team.

He can choose from Klassical Dream, who defied a huge absence to win at the Punchestown festival, Galway Hurdle winner Saldier, and Stormy Ireland, a first year winning mare.

Gordon Elliott has his own strong team to choose from with Abacadabras and Sire Du Berlais, while Ronald Pump, second in this race 12 months ago, could race for Matthew Smith.

Darasso, Latest Exhibition, Sams Profile and Skyace complete the list.

Jessica Harrington’s Lifetime Ambition is one of Drinmore Novice Chase’s 12.

He made a very impressive hunting debut beating Noel Meade’s Beacon Edge at Down Royal and the two got to meet again.

Gavin Cromwell’s Gabynako recently represented Fury Road at Fairyhouse and is another pair who could face each other for the second time in a row.

Elliott’s Big Heaven, who was lagging behind Lifetime Ambition but was not done with the occasion, and Emmet Mullins’ Cape Gentleman are other notables.

While only nine have withstood the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, it seems like an informative affair.

Cromwell’s My Mate Mozzie has looked elegant in two starts over obstacles so far, while Elliott’s Mighty Potter and Three Stripe Life have a big reputation.

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Add to that the undefeated Impervious of Colm Murphy, Uhtred of Joseph O’Brien and Crown Major of Emmet Mullin and it will take a smart youngster to win.

Peter Roe, Managing Director of Fairyhouse, said: “We are delighted to see Honeysuckle leading a star team for the game which is considered the best racing weekend of the first half of the season, there is a big strength in depth throughout the entrees on both days.

“The soil is currently good, good to give in places with showers expected from midweek, and there will be fresh soil every day. “