LIMERICK was celebrating its first win of the 2013 Cheltenham festival when Ballingarry-based trainer Charles Byrnes sent out Solwhit to take the Ladbrokes World Hurdle under jockey Paul Carberry.
Carberry anchored his mount near the rear in the early stages and gradually crept into contention as the pace increased before challenging Celestial Halo on the run to the final hurdle and staying on the stronger up the hill.
The victory represented a sensational training performance from Byrnes who nursed the gelding back to full health having been off the track for almost two years before reappearing last December 31. To win a grade one after such an absence is virtually unheard of in the sport.
In winning his seventh Grade One race Solwhit took his earnings to an astonishing £826,000, making him one of the highest earning National Hunt horses ever.