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Off The Fence: Tony Keenan and Barry Geraghty hail Constitution Hill performance and see Punchestown clash with Honeysuckle |  Race News


The sight of Constitution Hill devouring Cheltenham Hill in the Supreme set the tempo for what was to become an incredible Cheltenham Festival, wow racing fans on both sides of the Irish Sea.

None more so than Tony Keenan, who analyzed the 22 lengths of the Off The Fence Cheltenham Festival review, delving into the numbers that Nicky Henderson’s charge put together in the process.

“It was really an incredible performance in terms of audience…it [Constitution Hill] appears to have earned the highest mark ever given to a horse on his third start; it’s just ridiculous the level he’s gotten to,” the Off The Fence pundit said.

Michael Buckley, the owner of Constitution Hill, had already expressed an interest in taking on Honeysuckle at Punchestown ahead of Cheltenham, and Keenan’s claims won’t put him off.

“This [the performance] is better than what Honeysuckle ran in the Champion Hurdle and it’s better than what Honeysuckle ever ran, and he’s a horse that didn’t have a Bumper career and only started on the track on Tingle Creek Day in December,” he added.

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Owner Michael Buckley joined the Racing Debate to discuss plans for Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Constitution Hill to face Honeysuckle in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

“That’s an incredibly high level and it’s probably a good enough level to already win a Champion Hurdle.”

Barry Geraghty, himself involved in the development and sale of Constitution Hill as a young horse, was understandably delighted with the performance and its historic significance.

“To beat Golden Cygnet’s novice rating by a pound and then in turn to beat Annie Power’s course record in the Champion Hurdle by a second – the numbers back up what was a visually brilliant performance, so it’s so exciting to be a part of all of this and to witness this,” he said.

A potential clash between Constitution Hill and Honeysuckle at Punchestown would make any hardened racing fan count the days to April 29, but for now we can dream and revel in the supreme hero’s remarkable performance at the Festival.




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