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  • Solwhit Bids For World Domination

Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, 6 runners)
  • Winner €105,400 2nd €32,300 3rd €15,300 4th €5,100 5th €3,400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 30.20s
  • Off time: 17:40:37
Full result
Result 17:30 Punchestown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Quevega 6/4f
2nd 3 Reve de Sivola 5 9/2
  • Last Updated: April 24 2013, 13:01 BST

Charles Byrnes hopes Solwhit has sufficiently recovered from his Cheltenham and Aintree exertions when he aims for a Festival hat-trick in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

Solwhit: Looking to complete a four-timer
Solwhit: Looking to complete a four-timer

A winner of six Grade One prizes before being sidelined by injury, the nine-year-old has returned better than ever with victories in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and in the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

Solwhit goes to well the once more for a mouthwatering clash with Willie Mullins-trained wonder-mare Quevega, winner of the World Series Hurdle for the last three years.

Byrnes said: "We decided to let him take his chance. I think it was more the travelling than the races that took it out of him as you wouldn't have really known that he'd been off the track for two years in his races.

"He was just a bit flat after Aintree but in the last few days he's been pretty good. It's a big ask after running at both Cheltenham and Aintree but he seemed to win easier at Aintree.

"He was just a wee bit flat and I could have really done with another week, but he can have a long break after this."

Mullins is hopeful Quevega, who landed Cheltenham's Mares' Hurdle a remarkable fifth time last month, can put it up to Solwhit.

The Irish champion trainer said: "It is very difficult to pitch up at a Festival meeting in a top-class race. It's good to have a good quality mare you can do that with.

"We've been lucky to have Ruby (Walsh) on her every year. She nearly came down at Cheltenham and to do that, recover and get up to win, is huge.

"Having a horse with a lot of ability makes it a lot easier. Solwhit has beaten Hurricane Fly and we've beaten him. His form this year has been excellent and Charles Byrnes has done a great job getting him back to the pitch he's got him back to.

"It's going to be another race to look forward to, but I think Quevega has come out of her race (at Cheltenham) very well."

Solwhit and Quevega feature in a field of seven declared runners, with Mullins also saddling Zaidpour and Fiveforthree.

The fast-improving Holywell won the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham before beating all bar Solwhit at Aintree.

O'Neill told At The Races: "He's not a very big horse and he doesn't show you an awful lot at home, but he's just one of those horses who is always there in the thick of it.

"He got beat a couple of times earlier on (in the season) and went up 10lb and I thought that was the end of him. Then we put the blinkers on him at Cheltenham and it did the trick and then he ran a blinder at Aintree.

"Maybe we're going a step too far, but it's the only race left for him, it's the end of the season and you might as well have a go. He seems in great form, he looks healthy and well and there is no reason not to take him."

The Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola, fourth at Cheltenham, and Oliver McKiernan's Whatuthink complete the line-up.


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