Honeysuckle set for Hatton’s Grace bid
Honeysuckle will put exalted standing and her unbeaten record at Fairyhouse.
Powerful on her just start from the field, Henry de Bromhead’s mare has won each of her five starts together with the minimal of fuss below rules.
After finishing the Cheltenham Festival, compensation was gained by Sulamani’s daughter in a Grade One – and made the perfect start at precisely exactly the exact same place this season to her campaign that was new.
Honeysuckle has won on all four of her trips into Fairyhouse, but may face her toughest task so far on Sunday – together with fellow star mares Apple’s Jade, winner of the Hatton’s Grace at each of the last 3 seasons, and Benie Des Dieux among her potential competitors.
De Bromhead stated:”I’m happy using Honeysuckle, touch wood. We were always going to stay this year, hurdling. She’ll love a weapon, but she is only five – because she is just a baby, what she achieved last season was unbelievable.
“It was either run in the Hatton’s Grace or wait for the mares’ barrier in Leopardstown over Christmas, but she isn’t qualified for it.
“We are looking at the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and working back from there – and it looks like the top three in the gaming to your Mares’ Hurdle will be in the Hatton’s Grace.
“I believe we will go for this and then back her off and then aim to get just one encounter before Cheltenham – that is what we’re thinking at the moment.”
Honeysuckle is one of a clutch of mares that are exciting De Bromhead trains for owner-breeder Kenneth Alexander.
While the Knockeen-based coach expects Minella Melody to move a long way over obstacles that this period following a recent victory at Cork, sinoria created a smart start to her career over fences in Thurles a week.
“We are very fortunate to have the mares we have,” De Bromhead additional.
“Sinoria is amazing, and Minella Melody is a mare we enjoy a lot.
“There’s the Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase at Cork on December 8 to Sinoria, provided that it does not arrive too soon. I think it’ll be 17 days between races – that is a bit earlier than perfect – so it might seem an race to her but it is a mares only Grade Three.
“Otherwise, you’re probably Taking a Look at the Grade One in Limerick over Christmas.”
Of Minella Melody, the coach added:”She gained her bumper very impressively and then she was only beaten in Aintree. We had a visit Punchestown, and she was starting to feel her season at the point.
“She awakens amazing, along with also her first encounter in Cork was very excellent. She took a blow there, but she was able to triumph doing it.
“There’s a fresh mares’ novice obstacle in Punchestown around John Durkan day for her. We are going to plan for the mares’ novice in Cheltenham.”