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Solwhit - Leopardstown 24.01.10

Solwhit: will miss Cheltenham to run in the Aintree Hurdle in April

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

No Champion Hurdle challenge for Solwhit

SOLWHIT will take on Hurricane Fly again in the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 23, but will not travel to Cheltenham for the Stan James Champion Hurdle according to trainer Charles Byrnes.

Speaking on Saturday morning, Byrnes said: "Solwhit came out of the Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on Wednesday very well. He didn't have as hard a race as he had when Hurricane Fly beat him in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

"He might as well take his chance in the Irish Champion Hurdle. Hurricane Fly will be very hard to beat but there is plenty of money for second place. After that we will be going our separate ways. Solwhit probably won't be even entered for the Champion Hurdle and we will aim him at the Aintree Hurdle instead."

Six-time Grade 1 winner Solwhit , who won the 2m4f Aintree Hurdle in 2009, has finished second to Hurricane Fly on the last three occasions they have clashed, losing out to the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in April, the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse last month and the Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on Wednesday.

He beat Hurricane Fly in the Dobbins & Madigans Hurdle at Punchestown in November 2009.

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