Paddy Power champion Hurdle won in Honeycomb Panchetown

Honeycomb winner connections after Paddy Power champion Hurdley Mary’s victory in Punchtown.

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A record crowd of 40,984 people arrived in Punchtown this afternoon to watch the honeymoon and the birth of the bright horse.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare was the winner of three lengths against the Echoes in the Rain (18/1) and Daraso (33/1) was 4 longer behind in third place.

Honeysuckle tracked third-place race leaders for most of the race and climbed to challenge two. Rachel Blackmore-Ryden ran the horse firmly in the run-in and kept three lengths between herself and the rest of the field as she extended her unbeaten record to 16 wins.

Coincidentally, runner-up Echoes in Rain kept Daraso at bay for four more lengths at the same speed.

Twelve-time Grade 1 winner Honeysuckle now claims two champion hurdles, both at Cheltenham and Punchtown, as well as at the Cheltenham Festival.

Winning coach Henry de Bromhead said post-race that the top-class horse could have four runs next season before retiring.

Another grade 1 for townend and mullins

Paul Townend and Willie Mullins added another Grade 1 success to their long list of wins this week as they teamed up with Alana Homes champion Nevis Hurdley State Man (11 / 10f).

Cheltenham County hurdle-winner five-year-old Flame Bearer (8/1) in the 2 mile 3 furlong race has achieved a comfortable 7-length success in the third place, half the length of Three Stripe Life (11/4). .

Jejaras (15/2), owned by the Cribben family, won the Stanley Asphalt Hunters steeplechase for the BishopScott Cup. Trained by Ted Walsh, the winning jockey Ian Cribben was making his first racecourse journey in the 2 Mile 5 Furlong competition, which is limited to farmers’ farmland in the Kildar Hunt district.

El Barra (8/1) was a winner for champion conditional jockey-selected, Jack Foley, while eight-year-old EMS Copiers won the Nevis Handicap Chase (Grade A), another winner this week for champion national hunt coach Willie Mullins. Brown Zelding, owned by Rich Ricky, was third from Bob Olinger at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

Belaway has completed the Cheltenham-Panchetown Hunters Chase Double

Belawaye (11/8) won the Irish Daily Star champion Hunter Steeplechase over 3 miles and was crowned champion Hunter Chaser. Driven by Patrick Mullins, Belaway successfully followed his victory at the Cheltenham Hunters Chase at the County Killer Venue this evening.

Even-Tucker’s favorite Vaucelet was the winner’s only challenger throughout the competition but Closaton gave the runner a one-quarter length.

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