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Solwhit bids for World domination at Punchestown

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 13:30 | Comments

Solwhit will be hoping to claim the World Series Hurdle
Solwhit will be hoping to claim the World Series Hurdle

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.

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."

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

Jonjo O'Neill's Holywell and the Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola travel from England, while Oliver McKiernan's Whatuthink completes the line-up.

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