Henry De Bromhead Could Divert Honeysuckle If Ground Stays Dry

Trainer Henry De Bromhead has explained that if the ground at Leopardstown for the Dublin Racing Festival is not what his stable star Honeysuckle will want it may leave him with no option to withdraw her from the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle.

The trainers star mare is still unbeaten under rules and last time out showed how good she can be when taking on the boys and beating them with ease to land her first Grade One in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

That win came over two miles four furlongs where she was very impressive but for the Irish Champion Hurdle she will drop down two miles and with last years Dublin festival bringing plenty of small fielded races due to the drying ground, her trainer hope that the same does not happen this season.

(Credit At The Races) He said: “Honeysuckle is in good form – she’s really well, and I’m delighted with her at the moment.

“I’m apprehensive before I run her in anything, but I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ll see how we get on, and then we’ll digest the rest of the season. We’ll try and get to next Saturday first, and see from there.”

It does not look good at the moment for horses wanting soft ground at Leopardstown on the weekend and when asked about the conditions for the racing festival De Bromhead added: “You’d have to be worried about ground, because it seems to be changing. We’ll keep an eye on all of that and see.”