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Solwhit could be aimed at French Champion Hurdle

Keith Hamer

Published 28/04/2013 | 13:03

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19 January 2013; Solwhit, with Davy Russell up, on the way to winning the Limestone Lad Hurdle. Naas Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Solwhit, with Davy Russell on board. Photo: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Solwhit could be aimed at the French Champion Hurdle following his dramatic late withdrawal from the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

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The World and Aintree Hurdle victor was taken out of the Punchestown feature when blood was found to be coming out of one nostril.

His 11th-hour exit robbed the three-mile Grade One of the eagerly-awaited showdown with Quevega. Solwhit's absence left Quevega to land the honours in great style from Reve de Sivola.

However, trainer Charles Byrnes reports the nine-year-old to be none the worse and will now consider the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil (French Champion Hurdle) at Auteuil in Paris on June 9 after the horse has had a week's break.

"Solwhit is 100%. It was just mucus membrane there, just one of those things," said the County Limerick handler.

"The horse could have run, but there was a trickle of blood there so they took him out.

"It was a shame he couldn't run. It was a crowd-puller and a so-called match.

"We are not ruling the French Champion Hurdle out of the equation. We'll give him a week off and make a decision after that."

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