Solwhit 16s for World Hurdle

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 16:31 GMT

Solwhit is into 16/1 for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival following victory at Naas on Saturday.

Solwhit: Impressed with victory at Naas
Solwhit: Impressed with victory at Naas

Charles Byrnes' star saw off the well-backed So Young with a strong finish in Ireland and duly saw his odds trimmed.

Sky Bet went into 16/1 from 28s and they were quickly joined by Betfred and totesport who soon got rid of their 25/1 quote.

Coral and Paddy Power well even more impressed, going just 10/1.

Boylesports' Leon Blanche, whose firm cut their price from 25s to 12s, said: "It was a very good win for Solwhit, not least because that was only his second run in around two years, and he beat a decent yardstick in So Young.

"A three-time Grade One winner in 2010, he has clearly retained a huge amount of ability and is another name to consider in what is shaping up to be a cracking good World Hurdle."

Un Atout also impressed with victory at the Irish meeting and was cut in several Festival markets.

William Hill went in from 14/1 to 7/1 about Willie Mullins' charge winning any race at Prestbury Park in March.

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Neptune Novices' Hurdle markets were both affected although the former contest would appear more likely after Mullins said: "I'm not anxious to step him up in trip at present."

Un Atout was cut into 10/1 for the Supreme with the 12/1 quotes which were around immediately after the race quickly snapped up.

In the Neptune market, several firms went into 10/1 but sportingbet were prepared to hold firm at 16s.

Hayley O'Connor, of Ladbrokes, said: "Un Atout has yet to be extended and warrants maximum respect in our opinion. We've halved his odds (to 8/1) for the Supreme Novices' promoting him to joint second favourite for the Festival opener."

Also on the Naas card, Aupcharlie was beaten and duly moved out to 25/1 for the RSA Chase.

Several firms, including Sky Bet and Boylesports, lengthened their price to 25s after another Mullins' Cheltenham hopeful was edged into second place by Tofino Bay.

Coral went up with 16s about Tofino Bay for the Festival showdown.