Honeysuckle to return in Hatton’s Grace Hurdle | Racing News

first_img“Fairyhouse seems to have a lot of nice mares’ races there and they provide such good ground for their bigger days, so it’s great to be able to run them there. By coincidence as much as anything, she’s done a lot of racing there.”Honeysuckle and Benie Des Dieux fought out a memorable finish to the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and that race, along with the Champion Hurdle, will be on the radar again this season, if all goes to plan.De Bromhead said: “If she’s in the same form as she was last year, we would start in the Hatton’s Grace and probably aim for the Irish Champion Hurdle and then reassess everything after that.- Advertisement – Henry de Bromhead is preparing to take the wraps off stable star Honeysuckle, who will bid to defend her Baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle crown at Fairyhouse later this month.The six-year-old is unbeaten in eight starts for De Bromhead so far – counting this race, the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on her tally last term.- Advertisement – “I imagine if everything has gone well, she will get an entry for the Champion Hurdle and the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and we’ll see nearer the time what we decide to do.”Honeysuckle was a point-to-point winner before joining De Bromhead and when asked if the mare could possibly embark on a chasing career in the future, he added: “I would say so.“She’s achieving so much over hurdles, but in fairness to her, some days she loose schools over a fence so she’s keeping her eye in with it and, touch wood, she seems very good with it. We’ll see, but that could happen.”The Hatton’s Grace is one of three Grade Ones at Fairyhouse’s Winter Festival, along with the Drinmore Novices’ Chase and the Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle, all of which are backed by Bar One Racing.De Bromhead has two possibles for the later event, with Sunday’s Navan Grade Three runner-up Annexation in the mix along with Irascible, won made a winning debut for the yard at Clonmel last month.The trainer said: “Annexation ran really well (at Navan), he’s a lovely horse – he wears his heart on his sleeve. He was probably a bit keen there. They didn’t go much of a gallop, then Rachael (Blackmore) thought she was struggling, but then she thought she got there too soon.“He has loads of class, he’s won on quick ground, soft ground, he jumps, he won over a seven furlongs on the Flat – he’s just a lovely horse to have.“He’s entered and we also have Irascible, who won his maiden hurdle first time out for us the other day. They’re both entered and we’ll see nearer the time what we do.”The Winter Festival kicks off on November 28, and De Bromhead could be represented in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Hurdle, a race that was initially due to be run as a Grade One at Fairyhouse’s Easter meeting before the Covid-19 shutdown.De Bromhead won the equivalent event with Honeysuckle in 2019 and Minella Melody, who returned with second place in a Galway Grade Three last month, is in line to challenge.He added: “It’s a little disappointing it’s not a Grade One. The mares of that generation, I’m not sure they got a crack at any Grade One throughout the year. The mares’ novice in Cheltenham is a Grade Two, so it’s a little bit disappointing, but I’m sure there’s a very good reason.“It’s fantastic they’ve salvaged it as a Grade Two though.“Minella Melody will have a go at that. She had a good year last year, (but) she was a bit disappointing in Cheltenham (18th in Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle). She’s quite a stuffy mare, so we said we would give her a run at Galway the other day and hopefully that will have her spot on for the race.” Those three Grade One triumphs took Honeysuckle’s top-level career victories to four and the daughter of Sulamani will be seeking a sixth Fairyhouse win when she contests the November 29 highlight.De Bromhead said: “She’s brilliant and we’re very lucky to have her. It was a great performance that day (last year). She seems in good form so hopefully she can have another good go at it this time.“The first day (she ran) she was good, but she’s just progressed and progressed. She’s not a mare that would take a huge amount of work, so you wouldn’t be working her a lot at home.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham dies

first_imgThe 65-year-old was the youngest of Clinton’s brothers.No other information is available at this time. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced via Twitter Saturday that her brother Tony Rodham has passed away.We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2019last_img read more

New cars to light up Dover

first_img THUNDERSPORT 2 Meanwhile, the big warriors will go hard in Thundersport 2: Douglas ‘Hollywood’ Gore will renew rivalry with, Kyle ‘Speedy’ Gregg. There is no love lost between the two, and the match-up of Gore’s Audi TT DTM and Gregg’s Radical RXC promises to be epic. David Summerbell is promising that he will have a lot to say and is hoping to get past his reliability issues from last year. Captain Mark Carey is returning to Dover with a Mitsubishi Mivec. Chris Campbell and Peter Rae say they are ready and arriving from will be Trinidad Kristian Boodoosingh. There will be a total of 10 car races and drivers will cover between 5 and 7 laps for a total of 82 laps. The bike racing promises to be thrilling as four of the Class B riders including Class B Champion Mario Woon will move up to Class A to give Kyle Reynolds some intense competition. There will be four bike races covering six laps each. First race starts at 10.30 a.m. and the final race roars off at 3:45 p.m. [email protected] Dover Raceway St Ann comes alive on Easter Monday with Total Lubricants Carnival of Speed. President of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club Monique Gibbs is promising that those who make the journey will be rewarded with fast-paced action, keen tussles, bruising wheel-to-wheel competition, and drivers promising to leave it all out on the track. “I can tell you, the drivers will be going all out on Monday. We’ve set up a packed schedule and already we can report that the grids will be full. Some veterans that we’ve not seen in a long time have got new cars and are ready to go, while the young guns will be blazing,” Gibbs said. The Modified Production (MP) Class will be the one to watch at the Dover Carnival of Speed. The young guns will go head to head in MP2 as reigning 2016 Series Champion Fraser ‘Frazz’ McConnell took a break from school in Canada just to step into his new ride. He brings his new TruJuice Honda Civic crew chief and father Peter ‘Pops’ McConnell says both car and driver will deliver. “It’s all specced out for MP2, so that will see Frazz stepping up in class out of the bracket racing. The car has been immaculately prepared by the Moodie team at NG (New Generation) Racing and Frazz will be ready since he’ll be getting in some seat time by practicing Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Pops McConnell reported. Frazz McConnell will match up against long time friend and teammate William ‘Wings’ Myers in a similarly prepared Honda Civic. The silky-smooth and skilful driving style of McConnell should be a foil to the determined, never-say-die style of Myers. The contest should be worth going miles to see. Pops McConnell is likening the match-up to Formula 1. “Both are very good friends and teammates, but they are also competitors. We have our own version of (Nico) Rosberg and Lewis (Hamilton), two great drivers, two good cars on the same team. It should be interesting,” McConnell said. In the modified Production Class 1, Colin Daley makes his entry to circuit racing. He is moving from go-karting to match up against MP1 champion Nicholas Barnes.last_img read more