Rachael Blackmore is in search of a chunk of historical past when she strains up on the unbeaten Honeysuckle within the Unibet Champion Hurdle.
Blackmore, chasing Paul Townend onerous within the race to be champion jockey in Eire, would turn out to be the primary feminine rider to win the showpiece race on the opening day of the Competition.
Henry de Bromhead’s Honeysuckle was a winner on the assembly 12 months in the past when popping out on high in a titanic battle with Benie Des Dieux within the Mares’ Hurdle, however is in towards the boys this time – in addition to fellow mare and final yr’s winner Epatante.
“Honeysuckle is unbelievable,” stated Blackmore.
“She’s by no means allow us to down to date, and I am simply hoping we are able to proceed within the Champion Hurdle.
“She digs deep when she has to, she will get me out of hassle when she has to – she’s simply been phenomenal, and I am unable to discover any fault together with her.
“It is improbable to be concerned with a horse of her calibre. It is what any jockey goals about, getting teamed up with one thing like her. It is only a privilege.”
Honeysuckle is owned by Kenny Alexander, who has a powerful band of mares – however none comes near Honeysuckle.
“Her proprietor, Kenny Alexander, his essential purpose was to win the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham – and that was a improbable achievement for him to have the ability to try this, with the assistance of Peter Molony (racing supervisor),” added Blackmore.
“We bought that achieved final yr, and I feel her efficiency at Leopardstown (within the Irish Champion Hurdle) was ultra-impressive. So why not have a stab on the Champion Hurdle?
“It is a particularly aggressive race – these championship races are unbelievable. There’s final yr’s winner Epatante, Goshen. Hopefully we’re on our A recreation and may produce the products once more.”
Blackmore has an impressive guide of rides this week – and with A Plus Tard within the Gold Cup, she might even pull off a well-known double.
She stated: “I’ve a large good guide of rides at Cheltenham; the likes of Champagne Gold (County Hurdle or Martin Pipe), if he goes, Captain Guinness (Arkle), Pocket book (Queen Mom) and A Plus Tard within the Gold Cup. I am very a lot trying ahead to using him as nicely – I might go on all day.
“We have had a improbable yr to date. That is the vital week, so hopefully the success can carry by means of.”