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De Bromhead to wait 'until the last possible minute' to decide on Honeysuckle's Cheltenham challenge

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Honeysuckle, with Rachael Blackmore up, jumps the last on their way to winning the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Honeysuckle, with Rachael Blackmore up, jumps the last on their way to winning the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Honeysuckle, with Rachael Blackmore up, jumps the last on their way to winning the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

A decision on what race the wonder mare Honeysuckle tackles at the Cheltenham Festival will be left "until the last possible minute" according to her trainer Henry De Bromhead.

Unbeaten in seven hurdles races, Honeysuckle is second favourite for the Mares Hurdle and fourth favourite for the Champion Hurdle, but two of those rated ahead of Honeysuckle in the 'Champion' may not run.

"I honestly haven't spoken to Kenny Alexander, the owner, about it," said de Bromhead.

"We may wait until the last possible minute, which is five to ten on the Sunday morning before Cheltenham since both races are on the Tuesday.

"We were just so happy to see her win the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown earlier this month and she's come out of it well, but there's plenty of time for the conversation about where we go."

What may push de Bromhead and the owner in a certain direction is where another top mare, Benie des Dieux, goes.

Willie Mullins has entered her in the Mares race, the Stayers Hurdle and could still pay the money to supplement his charge for the Champion Hurdle.

You get the impression that, rather like our political parties, these two horses are circling and trying to avoid each other when it comes to running at Cheltenham.

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