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  • 14:15 Dobbins & Madigans At Punchestown Hurdle 2m

  • (grade 1) €85,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €55,250 2nd €17,000 3rd €8,500 4th €3,400
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.40s
  • Off time: 14:17:00

Solwhit doubles up

Repeat success for top Irish performer

Last Updated: 14/11/10 5:16pm

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Solwhit: Made the perfect return

Solwhit: Made the perfect return

Solwhit gamely followed up last year's success in the Grade One Dobbins & Madigans Punchestown Hurdle.

Charles Byrnes thought that Solwhit was a couple of weeks behind in his work compared to last year but the gelding responded well to Davy Russell's driving to score by two and a half lengths.

Voler La Vedette responded well to pressure to chase him home with the front-running Donnas Palm back in third.

Sky Bet have cut the winner from 10-1 to 8-1 for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Byrnes said: "He did it well, and you could see he was very relaxed during the race. He got a bit tired after the last but I'm happy to have that over with.

"We'll look at the Hatton's Grace now. I didn't use to like running him again too soon but he's got so relaxed at home that he's taking nothing out of himself.

"We took him away for a few gallops before today but he didn't exert himself too much.

"We will not be targeting him specifically at Cheltenham, and will go for all the Grade One's like Leopardstown at Christmas and the Irish Champion back there."

Colm Murphy, trainer of Voler La Vedette, said: "I'm delighted with her. She settled really well. It was a case of having to run as there is not much for her.

"She was staying on to the line and I've no doubt she'll get two and a half miles. We'll see how she comes out of this but we'll look at the Hatton's Grace.

"If there aren't too many big guns she could go for it. She hasn't that many options.

"I could have a look at what there is in England, but it's a worry travelling her so I probably won't.

A return to Cheltenham for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle could be considered, with Murphy adding: "I wouldn't rule it out, but there is also Fairyhouse and Punchestown."

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