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Blackmore and McDowell lead the way

February 7: Rachael Blackmore & Graeme McDowell

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Rachael Blackmore after winning the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Rachael Blackmore after winning the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Rachael Blackmore after winning the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

NOT for the first time this season, Rachael Blackmore starred at Leopardstown as she showed her innate race-reading ability with a Grade One double on Saturday, courtesy of wins on Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle and Notebook in the Arkle Novice Chase – both for trainer Henry de Bromhead.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell’s two-shot victory at the Saudi International brought him back into the world’s top 50 at 46th, a surge of 216 places in 12 months to put him in the frame for a Ryder Cup spot later this year.

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