Honeysuckle signs off career as Rachael Blackmore dedicates historic win to Henry De Bromhead’s late son, Jack in poignant tribute – THE INFORMANTI

Honeysuckle signed off her career with a fourth-straight Cheltenham success as she and Rachael Blackmore won the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle.

The nine-year-old, who is trained by Henry De Bromhead, previously won the race in 2019 before winning the Unibet Champion Hurdle in both 2021 and 2022.


Honeysuckle came out victorious in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle.


It was her fourth-straight Cheltenham victory, her last before she bows out

Defeats in the Hatton’s Grace and the Irish Champion Hurdle earlier this season suggested that she was a horse on the decline, however the 9/4 favourite pulled out all of the stops to beat long-time leader Love Envoi to win by a length and a half.

In what was her final race, Honeysuckle’s victory was extra poignant amid the tragic passing of De Bromhead’s son, Jack, who passed away in September at the age of just 13.

As a result, Thursday will see a race named the ‘Jack De Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle’, in a touching tribute.

Speaking to ITV after the race on Tuesday, jockey Blackmore dedicated the victory to Jack.

Speaking to ITV Racing, Blackmore said: “We all wish that a very special kid could be here today but he’s watching down on us.

“It’s happiness, she’s unbelievable.


Huge credit goes to trainer De Bromhead, who helped Honeysuckle to victory


It was also a poignant day following the tragic passing of De Bromhead’s 13-year-old son, Jack, last September

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“The way that Henry has produced her every day is phenomenal. As a jockey I’m just so grateful. She’s a phenomenal mare, she’s been fantastic for my career and for everyone who has looked after her over the years.

“Henry’s head lad does an unbelievable job with all of the horses and she’s a credit to everyone.

“Kenny [Alexander] is one of the coolest owners who you’ll ever ride for and it’s a brilliant day.”


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