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Solwhit out of World Hurdle

Solwhit has been ruled out of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on Thursday week.

Charles Byrnes' six-times Grade One winner will not compete at this year's Cheltenham Festival after failing to impress connections in a Monday morning workout. He had been set to step up to three miles for the first time, but is likely to be roughed off for the season with a chasing career in mind next term.

Byrnes said: "He just wasn't firing on all cylinders so there is no point in going. It's disappointing, but it was something of an afterthought anyway. We gave him two pieces of work and they weren't satisfactory. It would have been interesting to see how he got on over the trip."

The handler continued: "It's doubtful he'll run again this season and I think we'll go chasing with him next season."

Solwhit, sixth in last year's Champion Hurdle, had finished second behind Hurricane Fly on his last three outings.

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