held up in 4th, headway into 3rd at 7th, improved into 2nd 3 out, ridden 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace inside final furlong
held up in last, 4th at 8th, went 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on leaders 2 out, kept on one pace
tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd at 6th, improved to lead before 3 out, travelling well 2 out, soon went clear, stayed on strongly run-in, easily
led and clear, reduced advantage and pushed along 4 out, headed before next, dropped to 4th 3 out, soon trailing, last 2 out, no impression
tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 6th and dropped to 3rd, dropped to last at 8th, remote last and mistake 3 out, went remote 4th and bad mistake 2 out, no impression
The reappearance of HONEYSUCKLE has been eagerly awaited. A facile winner of her only start between the flags and on her hurdling debut in a maiden here, she then won a Thurles Listed contest and scored a further twice on this track culminating in a brilliant victory in the Grade 1 Mares Novice Championship over the trip. A long break shouldn't pose a problem as both realistic rivals are also making their reappearance with Willie Mullins' very progressive Mister Blue Sky, a Grade 2 winner here in April before placed at the highest level at Punchestown, only just favoured over stable companion Easy Game, narrowly beaten into third in a Grade 2 over the course and distance having landed a similar event at Navan in December.
Easy Game (FR) 14-1 (11-10) Towards rear, 8th on outer 4 out, ridden and no impression from 2 out, 7th of 11, 15 1/2l behind Reserve Tank (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) Good - Yielding in May.
Mister Blue Sky (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Waited with towards rear, not fluent 6th, headway from before 3 out, moderate 3rd after next and one pace, slight mistake last, 3rd of 6, 16 1/2l behind Klassical Dream (11-12) at Punchestown 2m (1) Yielding in Apr.
Honeysuckle 6-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, challenged 4 out, narrow lead after 3 out, pushed out to assert before last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Good - Yielding in Apr beating Elfile (11-7) by 5 1/2l, 16 ran.
Le Hachette (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) Led, ridden and lost place before 2 out, no extra before last, 8th of 12, 16 1/2l behind Gran Geste (11-3) at Galway 2m 6f hcp sft in Oct.
Rippon Lodge (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Led early, soon headed and tracked leader, mistake in 3rd at 4th, no impression on leader after 2 out, ridden and kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 11, 16 1/2l behind Gold Speed (11-8) at Galway 2m mdn sft in Oct.