By Marcus Townend for MailOnline
Published: 18:15 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 18:15 GMT, 3 March 2020
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
Blackmore will still probably ride in the race with De Bromhead-trained Irish Champion Hurdle runner-up