Honeysuckle team savouring Irish Champion Hurdle challenge

Connections of Honeysuckle are look forwarding to the mare’s bid for back-to-back triumphs in next Saturday’s Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Last season the seven-year-old went on to beat Benie Des Dieux in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, but this year connections are seriously considering a tilt at Champion Hurdle glory.

Owner Kenny Alexander’s racing manager Peter Molony said: “Henry (de Bromhead, trainer) says she’s in good form and we’re very excited to see her run again.

“With every run she has she’s risking her unbeaten record, but she owes us nothing and has been fantastic. Please God she’ll run a good race for us.

“Last year we were 90 per cent Mares’ Hurdle and 10 per cent Champion Hurdle. This year, we’re probably leaning a little bit more towards the Champion, but we’ll see.

“Next week will tell a lot.”

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