Solwhit (Davy Russell) clear the last hurdle from So Young and Whatuthink
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Charles Byrnes summed things up nicely after Solwhit justified odds of 4/5 to complete a Naas double for Davy Russell (won the first on Morning Assembly) in the Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle.
The Limerick handler said: "I'm delighted to get him back. I have no real plans now – he'll be entered in the World Hurdle.
"It'll be an option but I don't know whether he'll go or not. We might consider France as we'd be guaranteed soft ground there.
"He was well-in today so maybe we shouldn't be getting too carried away. He travelled well though and he looks back to somewhere near his best.
"The ground has never been a worry with him. When he won at Aintree it was on the good side. I don't think there's anything for him between now and March.
"I had him entered in a Champion Hurdle trial today as well (would have been run at Haydock if that meeting had been staged). It's on now at Doncaster in a week's time but he won't go there.
"It's a pity they didn't put it back another week as he was well-in there, getting eight pounds off other graded horses."
< Solwhit moved and jumped with all his old sparkle through the two mile three furlong journey and he was going better than his market-rival, So Young, when that one made a mistake at the last. Four lengths eventually split the pair.
Stan James cut Solwhit into 14/1 (from 25's) for the World Hurdle, while Paddy Power were even more impressed and go 10/1 (from 18/1). William Hill make him 12/1 from 20's.
Boylesports go 12/1 (from 25s) Solwhit for the World Hurdle.
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