Honeysuckle leaving the parade ring in 2020
Honeysuckle leaving the parade ring in 2020

Honeysuckle will face nine rivals in her bid for a third-successive BARONERACING.COM  Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (2:40) on Sunday.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare began her hugely successful campaign in the 2020 renewal of the Hatton’s Grace, before completing the Champion Hurdle triple crown at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown.

Willie Mullins will be double-handed, having declared Saldier and Stormy Ireland, while Gordon Elliott is set to run his Aintree Grade 1 winner Abacadabras and the Stayers’ Hurdle runner-up Sire Du Berlais.

Other inclusions include the 2020 Hatton’s Grace runner-up Ronald Pump and Latest Exhibition, who’s set to revert to hurdling having been set off favourite for the Irish National on his final start last season.

The BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (1:05) has attracted a field of eight horses.

Gavin Cromwell’s unbeaten hurdler My Mate Mozzie created a strong impression when winning the Grade 3 ‘For Auction’ on his most recent start.

Gordon Elliott has won three of the last four renewals of this race, and has opted to declare Mighty Potter and Three Stripe Life.

The BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase (1:35) will see 10 horses go to post and recent course winner Gabynako will be high on many shortlists. He’ll renew rivalry with Fury Road after they finished first and second earlier this month in a beginners chase.

On the supporting card, Fil Dor looked a future star when winning his maiden hurdle at Down Royal by 16 lengths and he’s sure to be the nap for many in the Grade 3 Bar One Racing Price Boost Juvenile Hurdle (12:35).

A hugely competitive BARONERACING.COM handicap hurdle (3:10) has attracted a field of 21 runners. Eskylane and Magic Tricks are two of four Gordon Elliott-trained horses in what is sure to be a hotly contested race.

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