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FESTIVAL CHAMPIONS: Four Cheltenham Heroes & Heroines Entered for Punchestown

Cheltenham’s four heroes and heroines could be set to run at the Punchestown Festival later this month

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Rachael Blackmore onboard Honeysuckle celebrates after victory in the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 16, 2021.

The quartet of championship victors at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival could be set for a quick turnaround across the Irish Sea later this month ahead of the Punchestown Festival.

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Henry de Bromhead, who landed the Grand National on Saturday afternoon, may be represented by winning Prestbury Park trio Honeysuckle, Put The Kettle On and Minella Indo in County Kildare.

In her undefeated record to date, the reigning Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle has yet to race at Punchestown.

Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clear the last to win The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The unbeaten Honeysuckle could be set for her first ever Punchestown appearance in April

Champion Chase queen Put The Kettle On finished third at the track over hurdles back in May 2019, while Minella Indo won a Grade 1 over timber here at the same fixture.

Meanwhile, Gavin Cromwell’s star staying-hurdler Flooring Porter is also in contention to return to the course again following his demolition on day three of the March showpiece last month.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 18, 2021 Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter wins the 3.05 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele
Flooring Porter seeks a Punchestown hat-trick, having recorded Grade 1 wins this season after wins at Leopardstown and Cheltenham, respectively

Ryanair hero Allaho, whose Gloucestershire form was franked by Fakir D’oudairies on Merseyside last week, holds two entries for Willie Mullins, who was leading trainer at Cheltenham for the third year in a row.

WATCH: A RAMPANT ALLAHO DISMANTLED THE RYANAIR FIELD AT CHELTENHAM UNDER RACHAEL BLACKMORE AND HE HOLDS A COUPLE OF ENTRIES AT PUNCHESTOWN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

For the full list of early entries, head over to Horse Racing Ireland.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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