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Pittoni set for International

Byrnes raider primed for challenge

Last Updated: 06/12/11 4:52pm

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Charles Byrnes: Trains Pittoni

Charles Byrnes: Trains Pittoni

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Irish raider Pittoni is set to contest the StanJames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Charles Byrnes' five-year-old was third behind Thousand Stars and Oscars Well on his latest start in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

Byrnes said: "The plan is for Pittoni to travel over for the StanJames.com International.

"I thought that he ran up to his handicap mark in the Morgiana Hurdle. He won a Grade One as a juvenile but it wasn't the greatest race in the world and he's probably up to being a Grade Two hurdler at the moment. He's a bit behind the likes of Thousand Stars.

"His form has mainly been on heavy or soft ground but I am sure that he will have no problem with good going and he heads to Cheltenham in good order."

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