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Honeysuckle set for Fairyhouse return

Dual Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle will make her seasonal reappearance at Fairyhouse on Sunday when she bids to win her fourth consecutive Grade 1 Bar One Racing Hattons Grace Hurdle.

The 8-year-old Kenneth Alexander owned mare is yet to be beaten in 16 career starts to date having last ran over 2 miles at Punchestown in April.

She has formed a formidable partnership with Grand National winning jockey Rachael Blackmore who will once again fill the saddle this weekend.

Honeysuckle's trainer -Waterford's Henry DeBromhead - says she is in great form and he feels very privileged to be involved with her.

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"She had a really good holiday with Peter Moloney and she came back looking really well. She's been in really good form. When you saw the support she got in Punchestown last Spring it's incredible the following she has." said Bromhead. He continued by saying she has a huge will to win, "What she's achieved so far is incredible and anything after that is a bonus. She's just really good. She loves winning and she's just got a great will to win. You dream of training horses like her".

The Willie Mullins-trained Klassical Dream, a six-time Grade 1 winner, heads the opposition to Henry de Bromhead’s star mare, with his stable companions Echoes In Rain and Saldier also lining up. Gordon Elliott runs both Teahupoo and Sire Du Berlais while Gavin Cromwell’s Darver Star gets another crack at the unbeaten Honeysuckle on the back of winning his last three outings. Ashdale Bob is set to represent Jessica Harrington.

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