De Bromhead leaning towards Irish Champion Hurdle test for unbeaten Honeysuckle


The unbeaten mare has had a break since December 1

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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Honeysuckle ridden by Rachael Blackmore racing away from the last to win The Baroneracing Hattons Grace Hurdle


Henry de Bromhead is favouring the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 1 as the pre-Cheltenham target for Honeysuckle, writes Tony O’Hehir.

And the unbeaten mare could face three previous winners with Apple's Jade, Supasundae and Petit Mouchoir also among the 14 entries.

Honeysuckle has had a break since landing the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle by nine lengths at Fairyhouse on December 1, and De Bromhead said on Monday: “She’s in very good form and we’re very happy with her.

“She'll run next in either the Irish Champion Hurdle or the Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park two weeks later. At this stage we’re leaning towards the Leopardstown race.”

Dawn Run (1984), Like-A-Butterfly (2003) and Apple's Jade (2019) are the only mares to have won the Irish Champion Hurdle.

Supasundae, winner of the race in 2018 and runner-up a year ago, is set to have his first run since finishing second to Buveur D’Air in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle in May.

His trainer Jessica Harrington said: “The Irish Champion Hurdle looks a nice starting point for Supasundae. The Champion Hurdle is wide open this season and it's our main objective with him. "

She'll run next in either the Irish Champion Hurdle or the Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park two weeks later.
- Henry de Bromhead 

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