Honeysuckle is the hot favourite to win Irish Champion Hurdle

Honeysuckle is the hot favourite to win Saturday’s Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown for a second year running

  • Honeysuckle bids for back-to-back victories at Leopardstown
  • She will face five rivals including the Willie Mullins-trained Saldier 
  • De Bromhead’s Minella Indo heads five entries for Sunday’s Irish Gold Cup 

Honeysuckle is the 5-4 favourite with Ladbrokes to win Saturday’s Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown for a second year running. 

The Henry De Bromhead-trained mare, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, has five rivals — including the Willie Mullins-trained Saldier, Saint Roi and Sharjah. 

Honeysuckle (above) will face five rivals when she bids for back-to-back victories

De Bromhead’s charge claimed a slender win in the feature event on the opening day of the Dublin Racing Festival last season.

The seven-year-old then made a winning reappearance in the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse in November. 

De Bromhead’s Minella Indo heads five entries for Sunday’s Irish Gold Cup. 

He fell at Leopardstown in the Savills Chase at Christmas but is trying to get his Cheltenham Gold Cup bid back on track. 




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