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  • Solwhit Shines In Limestone Lad

Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 3f

  • (5yo+, 2m 3f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €17,876 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,475 4th €825
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 10.70s
  • Off time: 13:35:30
  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 15:28 GMT

Solwhit readily gained his first victory since returning from injury in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.

Solwhit: Ran out an easy winner
Solwhit: Ran out an easy winner

Charles Byrnes' nine year old had shaped with promise on his first start since January 2011 when chasing home Bog Warrior at Punchestown last month and duly built on that performance in this Grade Three hurdle over two miles three.

The veteran Whatuthink set out to make every yard but Davy Russell rode Solwhit with the utmost confidence and easily bridged the gap approaching two out.

He had been tracked throughout by market rival So Young but Ruby Walsh was having to niggle away to keep tabs on the eventual winner.

Russell still hadn't asked for an effort coming into the last while although So Young had gathered some momentum going into that flight, an untidy jump ended any semblance of a chance he may have held.

It was an 11th career success for Solwhit, a six-time Grade One winner, who, earlier this week, was given an entry for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and Sky Bet cut the winner to 16s from 28/1 for the staying crown.

Byrnes said: "I'm delighted to get him back. I have no real plans now - he'll be entered in the World Hurdle.

"It'll be an option but I don't know whether he'll go or not. We might consider France as we'd be guaranteed soft ground there.

"He was well-in today so maybe we shouldn't be getting too carried away. He travelled well though and he looks back to somewhere near his best.

"The ground has never been a worry with him. When he won at Aintree it was on the good side. I don't think there's anything for him between now and March.

"I had him entered in a Champion Hurdle trial today as well (at Haydock's abandoned meeting). It's on now at Doncaster in a week's time but he won't go there.

"It's a pity they didn't put it back another week as he was well-in there, getting 8lb off other graded horses."


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