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Amnesty declared for November

Exciting chaser Weapon's Amnesty is likely to make his eagerly anticipated return in November.

The Charles Byrnes-trained chestnut was last seen winning the RSA Chase at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival, his second successive victory at the showpiece meeting.

Although he missed last season with injury, Byrnes is confident his lightly-raced eight-year-old will return as good as ever.

"He's in good form at the moment and the plan is for him to be out somewhere in November," said Byrnes.

"I haven't got anything earmarked at the moment and the thing with him is that he has to go left-handed.

"That means there are limited options with him before Christmas, so we'll have to see. We'll see how he's coming along nearer the time, but hopefully we'll find something in November.

"The plan after that would be to go to Leopardstown for the Lexus Chase over Christmas. I'm confident his ability remains intact as he hasn't got much mileage on the clock."

Byrnes' other stable star is six-time Grade One winner Solwhit, who will be one of the best hurdlers to go novice chasing in Ireland this season.

"I'm happy with him and he should also be out in November sometime, but I'm not sure where yet," Byrnes added.

"I think the plan is still to go novice chasing with him."


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