Punchestown Festival: Bromhead heavyweights Henry Honeysuckle and Minella Indo gear up for April race | Race News

Henry from Bromhead has confirmed that Honeysuckle and Minella Indo are firmly on track to complete their campaigns at Punchestown Festival next month.

The remarkable Honeysuckle took her unbeaten record to 15 with a brilliant defense of her crown in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and will look to repeat the feat in the Punchestown equivalent.

Minella Indo was no match for stablemate A Plus Tard in bidding for back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cup wins.

Honeysuckle crosses the last of the Champion Hurdle in front of Épatante

But with A Later Tard now shelved for the summer, and November’s Betfair Chase his likely next stop, De Bromhead will be hoping Minella Indo can enjoy another day in the sun in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

He said: “A Later Tard sounds brilliant – we’ve been delighted with him since he came back from Cheltenham.

“The Thompsons (owners) want to focus on the Gold Cup again next year and we’ll probably go the same way – we think if it’s not broken we won’t try to fix it.

Minella Indo and Jack Kennedy clinched the Gold Cup last year - can they repeat the feat in 2022?
Minella Indo and Jack Kennedy clinched the Gold Cup last year but settled for second place in 2022.

“I’m delighted with how all the horses have really come back from Cheltenham apart from Bob Olinger who was a little tight so we’re working on him.

“Indo and Honey are great and that’s (Punchestown) the plan. Indo deserves a big one this season and Honey was brilliant at Cheltenham and came out of it brilliant, so we’re looking forward to racing her at Punchestown.”

A stable star who apparently ran his last run for De Bromhead is Put The Kettle On.

Fifth in defending her crown in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, the admirable mare is set to go under the hammer at Goffs Aintree sale next week.

De Bromhead added: “The syndicate has decided to sell her because she has such value as a broodmare so she will be heading to Aintree for the sale on Thursday evening.

“She’s actually still able to run away, but we just think she’s at that point in her career where it might be a better option for her in time.”

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