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Fab four for Punchestown

Five-time Grade One winner Solwhit features among just four entries for the Dobbins & Madigans At Punchestown Hurdle on Sunday.

The Charles Byrnes-trained six-year-old was victorious in this event (registered as the Morgiana Hurdle) 12 months ago in a campaign that also yielded a victory in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

Among his potential weekend opposition is Colm Murphy's star mare Voler La Vedette, who turned in a most impressive victory at the track last month, as well as Noel Meade's Donnas Palm and Robbie Hennessy's Sublimity.

The latter is set for his first racecourse appearance since suffering a suspensory injury that ruled him out of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

"He's going to take his chance. The ground wouldn't be ideal, but there's only four left in it and it's not often you get a Grade One with only four runners," said Hennessy.

"At this stage of his career we're just going to give him every chance and hoping his leg stands up following his suspensory injury.

"He's in great old form at the moment and we'll just look after him and see how we get on."


From Belfast Telegraph