The feature race of the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse is the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs, and with a winners list over the years that compromises a who’s who of Ireland’s top hurdlers.
Dominated in recent years by the mares Apple’s Jade and Honeysuckle, the race has also been won by Danoli, Dorans Pride Istabraq, Hurricane Fly, and Limestone Lad.
Part of a high-quality meeting that also sees the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase and Royal Bond Novices Hurdle, it’s a highlight of the National Hunt season in Ireland and an early marker for horses aiming for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
This year’s Hatton’s Grace will see five runners head to post, including the unbeaten Impaire Et Passe for trainer Willie Mullins and last year’s winner, the Gordon Elliott-trained Teahupoo.
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2023 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle Tips
Five runners are set to go to post at 2:35pm on Sunday afternoon at Fairyhouse, with the Grade One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle title, the prize on offer.
Impaire Et Passe is the favourite, and it’s no surprise. He’s currently unbeaten, a perfect five from five, and that includes winning at Grade One level on his last two starts as a novice, at the end of last season.
He’s an exciting prospect this season, and although quite short in the betting, should take all the beating.
Elsewhere, Teahupoo looks to be the main danger, a Grade One winner himself.
However, his limitations have already been exposed really, third in the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham and fourth in the Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown to end last season.
There’s also a question over this trip being slightly too short, further enhancing the claims of Impaire Et Passe.
Hatton’s Grace Hurdle Betting Tips & Stats Guide
What Happened Last Year?
Honeysuckle arrived at Fairyhouse in 2022, aiming to land a fourth-successive Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and to maintain her unbeaten career record.
However, a shock was on the cards as the Gordon Elliott-trained Teahupoo landed the race at odds of 20/1, with Honeysuckle only managing 3rd place, behind the Willie Mullins-trained Klassical Dream in 2nd spot.
When & Where Is The 2023 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle?
Due to its Grade 1 status, the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle regularly attracts a high-class field of the best hurdlers in Ireland, aiming to use the race as a launchpad to hopeful Cheltenham Festival success.
Several horses have won the race before landing victory Champion Hurdle in the same season, including Istabraq, Hurrican Fly, and Honeysuckle.
This year’s Hatton’s Grace Hurdle will be run on Sunday, December 3.
Recent Hatton’s Grace Hurdle Winners
Two horses have recently dominated the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle - Apple’s Jade and Honeysuckle, both of whom won the race for three consecutive years.
While many Grade 1 races in Ireland are dominated by Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, the most successful trainer in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle is James Bowe, who has trained the winner of the race on six occasions - three times with Limestone Lad and three times with Solerina.
Check out the last five winners of the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle below.
When is the 2023 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle?
The 2023 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle is set to be run on Sunday, December 3.
Where is the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle run?
Fairyhouse Racecourse is the venue for the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.
How many Hatton’s Grace Hurdles did Honeysuckle win?
Honeysuckle won the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle on three occasions - 2019, 2020, and 2021.
How can I watch the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle?
The Hatton’s Grace Hurdle will be shown live on Racing TV and can also be live-streamed via any of the leading bookmkers.