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Melissa Jones

Unbeaten Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore thrill Leopardstown crowd with hat-trick

Honeysuckle's unbeaten run continued apace with a third triumph in the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle.

Henry De Bromhead's superstar travelled with her usual enthusiasm and jockey Rachael Blackmore always looked confident.

Just 1-5f in the betting, on a card dominated by favourites, Honeysuckle led the field before the second last.

She stamped her authority on the two-mile race thereafter and kept on well to go six-and-a-half lengths clear of Zanahiyr.

The performance delighted fans, who packed out the stands to see Honeysuckle join other greats Hurricane Fly and Istabraq on a hat-trick in the race's history books.

They cheered the dominant duo into the winners' enclosure – and bookies Betfair go a top price of 8-13 they can follow up in March.

"The crowd here today is unbelievable," Blackmore said.

Honeysuckle in action at Leopardstown (Getty)

"I got a massive cheer going down to the start, I've never experienced that before. It's brilliant to be here, to have her and have her winning."

Honeysuckle was the fifth successive winning favourite on day two of the Dublin Racing Festival, after Party Central (7-4f), Galopin Des Champs (4-9f), Chacun Pour Soi (4-7f) and Birchdale (9-2f).

De Bromhead was delighted Honeysuckle delivered in front of the big crowd.

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"She looked great, jumped well I thought throughout – maybe went a little bit left at one of them – but winged the second-last and took off again," he said.

“It felt a long straight after the last, but she was brilliant and we’re delighted.

“It was great, aren’t we lucky to have her?

“Just the atmosphere here today has been amazing."

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