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
“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. "