Hatton's Grace Hurdle
Grade 1, Fairyhouse 14:40
€125,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 4f, Class 1 
Sunday 2nd December 2018

1 Apple's Jade 4/6F
2 Supasundae 9/2
3 Limini 11/2
9 ran NR: Sutton Place Distances: 20l, 2l, 1½l
Time: 4m 49.50s (slow by 12.50s)

Apple's Jade in a league of her own as she romps to a third victory

Apples Jade

Gordon Elliott’s Apple’s Jade had claimed the Grade One contest in each of the last two seasons and having warmed up for her hat-trick bid with an impressive comeback victory in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan – just as she did last year – she was sent off the 4-6 favourite in the hands of Jack Kennedy.

Patrick Mullins set out to make it a strong test aboard Wicklow Brave, with Apple’s Jade always his nearest pursuer.

The pair opened up a healthy advantage over the rest of the field racing down the back straight, before Apple’s Jade took over rounding the home turn seemingly still full of running.

It was clear at the top of the home straight she had the race in her grasp if she safely negotiated the remaining two obstacles, and she jumped both with aplomb to become the third three-time winner of the Hatton’s Grace along with the hugely popular Limestone Lad and Solerina.

Last season’s Irish Champion Hurdle hero Supasundae was under pressure a long way from home, but boxed on to finish second – some 20 lengths behind the dominant winner.

Limini fared best of the four-strong Willie Mullins contingent in third.

Free Racing Tips

Hatton's Grace Hurdle
€125,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Apple's Jade (FR) 4/6f J W Kennedy
G Elliott 6
2nd 20 Supasundae 9/2 R M Power
Mrs J Harrington 8
3rd 2 Limini (IRE) 11/2 R Walsh
W P Mullins 7
4th Bapaume (FR) 14/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 5
5th Early Doors (FR) 20/1 M P Walsh
Joseph P O'Brien 5
6th 1 Farclas (FR) 16/1 D N Russell
G Elliott 4
7th 13 Wicklow Brave 33/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 9
8th Shaneshill (IRE) 33/1 D J Mullins
W P Mullins 9
9th nk Dortmund Park (FR) 20/1 Rachael Blackmore
G Elliott 5
NR Sutton Place (IRE) B J Geraghty
G Elliott 7