Charles Byrnes this week lost one his stable stars in Weapons Amnesty to retirement. Luckily the Cheltenham festival winning trainer still has a star in his nine-year old Sowhit, who this week races in the Limestone Lad hurdle at Naas on Saturday.
A winner of six Grade One events, Byrnes gelding was sidelined by injury for almost two years until his second to Bog Warrior on New Year’s Eve. He showed plenty enthusiasm and ability despite his lengthy absence. He is now set to step up to Grade Three level and could very well prove too strong for his rivals.
Byrnes said “The intention is for him to run at the moment. Fingers crossed all goes well between now and Saturday.
“I was happy enough with his first run back and I’ve been happy with him since.
“His next run will tell us a lot more and we’ll see where we stand after that.”
On speaking of his retired star Weapons Amnesty and Solwhit Byrnes said “We’ll take it a day at a time but I’d be more hopeful with Solwhit than with the other horse. Solwhit is a lot easier to get fit and doesn’t need as much work,”.