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Punchestown Report: Honeysuckle remains unbeaten under Rachael Blackmore

A review of the final two days at the Punchestown Festival, including the remarkable Honeysuckle remaining unbeaten

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2FKCG3F Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle, during Day Four of the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland. Issue date: Friday April 30, 2021.

Wonder mare Honeysuckle maintained her undefeated record for Henry de Bromhead in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on Friday afternoon.

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The two-time Cheltenham Festival winner, who easily landed the odds at Prestbury Park in March, once again saw off Sharjah and Epatante, this time in County Kildare, and secured a thirteenth win in the process.

WATCH: HONEYSUCKLE WINS THE PADDY POWER CHAMPION HURDLE ON HER PUNCHESTOWN DEBUT [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Following his remarkable exploits in Gloucestershire and in the Grand National, it proved to be the only winner of the fixture for De Bromhead, with his reliable representative coming up with the goods once again.

Festival leading trainer Willie Mullins, on the other hand, ensured his domination continued back across the Irish Sea, landing 19 winners across the five days to claim yet another prize.

WATCH: ASTERION FORLONGE IS DESTRUCTIVE AT PUNCHESTOWN TO WIN ON HANDICAP DEBUT [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Asterion Forlonge secured a first win in handicap company under Bryan Cooper on a great day for Joe and Marie Donnelly, with Galliard Du Mesnil picking up another Grade 1 success in the Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle, following the late withdrawal of Bob Olinger.

Gaillard Du Mesnil ridden by Paul Townend (left) clears a fence on their way to winning the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors '50k Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' Novice Hurdle during day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.
Galliard Du Mesnil is now a duel Grade 1 winner after his Punchestown glory

Paul Nicholls claimed a second victory at the meeting with Bob And Co taking the Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase under David Maxwell, denying Billaway in the dying stages.

On Saturday, Scottish Grand National third Mister Fogpatches went two places better in the Colm Quinn BWM Group Handicap Chase for Danny Mullins, before the pilot steered Stormy Island to victory in the Mares Champion Hurdle.

Jockey Danny Mullins during the visit to Willie Mullins stables in Closutton, Ireland.
Danny Mullins landed a double at Punchestown on Saturday

The seven-year-old daughter of Motivator has now won back-to-back races since rejoining the Closutton yard.

Boodles Juvenile winner Jeff Kidder completed a superb Festival treble, taking the Champion Four Year Old having won at Fairyhouse in April.

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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