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Friday 18 April 2014

Byrnes unfazed by Sol setback

Charles Byrnes is unconcerned over Solwhit

Trainer Charles Byrnes still hopes to get a run into Solwhit before the planned defence of his Ladbrokes World Hurdle title at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The nine-year-old has been off the track since finishing second at Auteuil in June but had been due to make his reappearance at Leopardstown on Saturday.

A late setback prevented him from taking his chance in the Christmas Hurdle, with Byrnes to reassess his condition later in the week.

"He has bit of problem with a fetlock and we will see how he is at the end of the week, but I'm not too concerned at the moment," said the County Limerick-based handler.

"I'd hope we will get a run into him before Cheltenham."

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