Solwhit May Bypass Cheltenham Festival

Charles Byrnes has informed punters to hold their bets on his stable star Solwhit for the Cheltenham Festival as the Irish handler is unsure whether he will send the classy performer to Prestbury Park for the four-day extravaganza, which takes place next month.

Having been a top class horse in his youth, having notched up a plethora of Grade One victories, he was then hit by an injury that nearly curtailed his career, but he has since returned from that and has been producing some fine displays back under Rules.

After finishing second to Bog Warrior on his comeback run, the nine-year-old then managed to get his head in front with a facile victory at Naas and he was immediately slashed to a 14/1 shot for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, and was labelled a potential staying star.

With Big Buck's out of the picture the World Hurdle has a real wide open look to it which is sure to attract a strong field, who will vie for Grade One glory, but Byrnes is unsure whether to let him take his place in the contest or opt to wait for the Aintree Hurdle the following month.

A superb talent over two miles in his youth, Solwhit may be stretched by the three miles round an undulating Cheltenham, so Byrnes may opt for the quicker speed test of the 2m 4f Aintree Hurdle, where he may do battle with dual winner Oscar Whisky for what would be an exciting duel.

If he was to let him take his chance then the Irish star will be a lively outsider for the World Hurdle, but Byrnes is still 50-50 over his Cheltenham Festival participation and commendably informed ante-post punters of his ideas.

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