Ballydoyle Honey emerged victorious in one of the most exciting races seen in recent history on Saturday evening and was deservingly crowned Irish Puppy Oaks Champion.

It was an epic battle from start to finish. Skywalker Pearl flew from traps and set the early pace with Droopys Streak closely behind. Entering the turn in third spot Honey was forced to ease her run as Streak came across the bend and shuffled her back to the field.

Up front Skywalker Pearl was flying up the back straight with Droopys Streak still applying the pressure. Approaching the third turn Honey was now flying and switched to the outside of the track to try and find a clear passage round. Still some 5 lengths behind at this point she changed gears and started to fly on the outside.

Swinging round the final turn she was forced even wider by litter mate Urban Gossip but this did little to deter her and showing an amazing will to win she was relentless in her running on the run in just getting up on the line to deny kennel mate Skywalker Pearl. Less than a length separated the first four!

It was a wonderful 1-2 for the kennel, where Pearl must also receive huge credit for running a foot perfect race, only to be collared right on the line by a simply wonderful bitch in Ballydoyle Honey.