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Solwhit waits for next season

Charles Byrnes has ruled out bringing Solwhit back in the spring and is looking forward to next season with his champion staying hurdler.

The winner of last season's Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham was forced to miss his intended first run of the winter at Leopardstown over Christmas due to a fetlock injury.

Cheltenham in March was deemed off the radar earlier this month, but while the injury is not serious, Byrnes is resisting the temptation to get the eight-times Grade One winner ready for Aintree or Punchestown.

"He's fine, but I'd say we have no plans really to run again him this season. We'll save him for next year," said the County Limerick trainer.

"We could bring him back later for Punchestown but I wouldn't see much point in that. We'll try him again next year and have another full season with him."