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Unbeaten Honeysuckle will miss the Champion Hurdle to go head-to-head with Benie Des Dieux in a tasty battle for the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle on first day of the Cheltenham Festival Honeysuckle will miss Tuesday's Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Races But will go head-to-head with Benie Des Dieux in Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle had been 4-1 for the Champion Hurdle

By Marcus Townend for MailOnline

Published: 18:15 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 18:15 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Unbeaten Honeysuckle will miss Tuesday's Unibet Champion Hurdle to instead go head-to-head with Benie Des Dieux in a tasty battle for the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle had been as short as 4-1 to add the Champion Hurdle to her success in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown last month.

Her participation would have given jockey Rachael Blackmore the best chance yet for a female jump jockey to win one of the Festival's crown jewel races - the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Gold Cup are the other two.

Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle will miss Tuesday's Unibet Champion Hurdle

Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle will miss Tuesday's Unibet Champion Hurdle

Blackmore will still probably ride in the race with De Bromhead-trained Irish Champion Hurdle runner-up

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