The crowds cheered them to the post and cheered them back into the winners’ enclosure at Leopardstown. The Queens of Dublin – Rachael Blackmore and the mare Honeysuckle – received a tremendous reception after Honeysuckle made it 14 wins from 14 races.
She is an extraordinary mare of her era and Rachael Blackmore was moved both by the support of the crowds as she left the parade ring to go to the start, and she soaked up the wonderful atmosphere as she and the magnificent Honeysuckle returned having won the Irish Champion Hurdle once again.
It was a memorable weekend of racing in Ireland and England and a superb couple of days of punting for members of VG Tips, which you can read all about here.
Watch Honeysuckle win here.