Friday 23 February 2018

Solwhit's Punchestown run

Five-time Grade One winner Solwhit features among just four entries for the Dobbins & Madigans at Punchestown Hurdle on Sunday.

The Charles Byrnes-trained six-year-old, which has been installed the 7/4 favourite, was victorious in this event 12 months ago in a campaign that also yielded a victory in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

Among his potential weekend opposition is Colm Murphy's star mare Voler La Vedette, which turned in a most impressive victory at the track last month, and Noel Meade's Donnas Palm.

Robbie Hennessy's Sublimity completes the quartet and is set for his first racecourse appearance since suffering a suspensory injury that ruled him out of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

"He's going to take his chance. The ground wouldn't be ideal, but there's only four left in it and it's not often you get a Grade One with only four runners," said Hennessy.

Irish Independent

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