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Byrnes looks to Aintree

Charles Byrnes has confirmed it is "more than likely" stable star Solwhit will bypass the Cheltenham Festival in favour of a trip to Aintree in April.

The seven-year-old had to settle for second to Hurricane Fly for the third successive time in last weekend's Irish Champion Hurdle, and Byrnes sees little point in letting his charge line up in the English equivalent.

He said: "He came out of the race well and he's going to have a break now for a couple of weeks. He ran another good race and we were very happy with him again."

He added: "The Champion Hurdle is definitely out for him now. It's more than likely we'll wait for Aintree, but he has the World Hurdle as option if we want it."

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