Solwhit is to have a well-deserved holiday following his fine effort in the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil on Sunday, with a repeat success in the World Hurdle pencilled in as his long-range target for 2014.
Although the nine-year-old failed to add the Grade One to his three wins earlier in the year, he found only the French-trained Gemix too good.
"It was a very good run. He beat the English and Irish probably easier than he has ever beaten them. It was just that he bumped into an up-and-coming young horse from France," said County Limerick trainer Charles Byrnes.
"We have no excuses, we were beaten by a better horse on the day."
Solwhit had been off the track for almost two years before finishing second on his comeback run at Punchestown on New Year's Eve.
"He'll have a good long break now and you probably won't see him until close to Christmas time," said Byrnes.
"We'll probably follow the same programme as last year. I imagine the World Hurdle at Cheltenham will be the target again."