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Honeysuckle

Horse Form Profile

Age: 9 years

Owner: Kenneth Alexander

Career form

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Course Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
Cheltenham 2 2 0 0
Fairyhouse 7 7 0 0
Leopardstown 3 3 0 0
Punchestown 1 1 0 0
Thurles 1 1 0 0
Distance Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
2m 5 5 0 0
2m 87y 1 1 0 0
18f 1 1 0 0
2m 3f 200y 1 1 0 0
20f 6 6 0 0
Going Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
Good 3 3 0 0
Good To Yielding 1 1 0 0
Heavy 1 1 0 0
Soft 3 3 0 0
Soft To Heavy 1 1 0 0
Yielding 4 4 0 0
Yielding To Soft 1 1 0 0
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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
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1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

May have lost her air of invincibility with defeats in the Hatton's Grace and Irish Champion this winter but in the former contest she still recorded a higher RPR than has ever been achieved in the 15 previous runnings of this race; seemingly doesn't have quite the gears of old but should still make a bold bid to extend her unbeaten Festival record to four; the winner of this event in 2020 and the Champion Hurdle in 2021 and 2022.

7/2

2nd

6

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Leopardstown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, raced in second from 2nd, pecked on landing 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, 3 lengths down last, no extra run-in

6/4

3rd

8

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 130y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Honeysuckle

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

4/9

1st

6

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

1/3

1st

10

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Honeysuckle

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Unbeaten superstar who is one of the all-time great mares, with career record now 15-15 (includes 14 wins over hurdles, ten at Grade 1 level); comfortably beat Zanahiyr at Leopardstown most recently, recording a third success in the Irish Champion Hurdle; 2-2 at the Cheltenham Festival, landing the Mares' Hurdle in 2020 then impressively posting a career-best RPR in this contest in 2021; this hurdling queen faces some interesting new challengers but wears her crown proudly and remains hard to oppose.

8/13

About Honeysuckle

Shishkin is a bay mare who was bred in Britain at the Glanvilles Stud. She was sired by Sulamani out of the Lando mare First Royal. Trained by Henry De Bromhead, she amassed a total current earnings of over £1.4 million. 

Honeysuckle Career Form And Notable Achievements

Honeysuckle won 17 of her 19 races in a glittering career which included an incredible 13 Grade 1 victories. Her superb partnership with Rachael Blackmore saw her win on all four of her visits to the Cheltenham Festival – winning the Mares’ Hurdle twice and the Champion Hurdle twice. It wasn’t just Cheltenham where she excelled however, as she’s also the joint most successful horse in the history of the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (3 wins – 2019,2020,2021), whilst also winning the Irish Champion Hurdle three times and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle twice. It wasn’t until her fifth and final season of racing that she tasted her first defeat, losing in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and the Irish Champion Hurdle. However, she had the perfect end to her career as she won the Mares’ Hurdle for a second time, proving herself as one of the greatest mares to grace racing.