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  • 13:55 paddypower.com iPhone App December Festival Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €90,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €58,500 2nd €17,100 3rd €8,100 4th €2,700
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 10.80s
  • Off time: 13:55:30

Fly worries Solwhit team

Solwhit has it all to do in order to beat Hurricane Fly

Last Updated: 29/12/10 10:23am

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Solwhit is up against it as he tackles Hurricane Fly again.

Solwhit is up against it as he tackles Hurricane Fly again.

Solwhit's trainer Charles Byrnes admits that his charge may again have to make do with minor honours as he has another crack at Hurricane Fly in the paddypower.com iPhone App Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on Wednesday.

Solwhit had Hurricane Fly in behind when winning at Punchestown in November of last year, but his great rival came out on top when they met at the Punchestown Festival in April and again in Fairyhouse's Hatton's Grace Hurdle a fortnight ago.

Given that last encounter was Hurricane Fly's first outing of the season, Byrnes finds it difficult to envisage his star hurdler turning the tables.

"He seems in good form and we're very happy with him, but we might have to settle for second again," said Byrnes.

"Going to Fairyhouse we thought we could beat Hurricane Fly but we couldn't on the day and it's going to be very hard tomorrow.

"But you never know and we have to have another go.

"We'll see how he gets on before we make any other plans.

"We'll just take it one day at a time."

Hurricane Fly's trainer, Willie Mullins, is also represented by last season's County Hurdle hero Thousand Stars, while Luska Lad and Won In The Dark complete the select field.

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