Connections of the unbeaten Honeysuckle (11/4 to go unbeaten in 2022) have confirmed she will race in the Irish Champion Hurdle next month as she seeks a hat trick of wins at Leopardstown.

The eight-year-old has won each of the last two Grade One Irish Champion Hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival, last year’s triumph coming by a massive ten lengths from Abracadabrus.

She has subsequently gone on to win her next three outings and is one of the most talked-about mares right now.

After Leopardstown, she won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before going on to secure another Grade One triumph at Punchestown.

Following her planned summer break, she returned to racing in fine fettle back in November as she took the spoils in the Hatton Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse, adding more Grade One honours to her CV and extending her winning run to 13 from 13 starts.

Now, after not racing over Christmas, she is due to pitch up at Leopardstown again next month before mounting the defence of her Cheltenham Champion Hurdle title (Honeysuckle 8/13 to win Champion Hurdle).

Trainer Henry De Bromhead had a quiet Christmas, only landing four victories from 74 starts.

However, Peter Molony, racing manager to Honeysuckle’s owner Kenny Alexander, says that is not a concern ahead of what should be another big 2022 for the stable star.

Molony said: “There is no cause for concern on that score.

“Henry decided to ease off her a bit after her last run. Everything is under control and she is on course for the Irish Champion at Leopardstown in early February.”

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