Step back for Solerina

Solerina is to revert to a shorter trip after finding three miles too far when only fourth at Leopardstown on Wednesday.

The Cedar Building Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs at Naas on January 21 will be the next race for the popular mare, who failed to add to her 18 wins over jumps in the Christmas Hurdle.

After assuming her customary front-running role, she had no more to give in the closing stages and was beaten a total of four and a half lengths behind Rosaker in the Grade Two contest.

However, the eight-year-old was reported to be none the worse today.

“She’s perfect, she’s eaten up and has shown no ill effects,” said trainer James Bowe’s son and assistant Michael Bowe.

“We were totally flabbergasted. She obviously doesn’t stay three miles. It’s as simple as that.

“She also seems to be disheartened with Leopardstown. She just downed tools at a particular point on the track. It’s not her favourite track and she’s not a three-mile mare.

“We had to find out and there was nothing lost in trying. I was mulling it over in my head last night whether we should have run her at all, but you have to find out these things.

“She put in one effort and then when she was saw there was another two or three furlongs to go she said ‘to hell with this’.

“Naas on the 21st – that looks the next obvious step. All being well she’ll go there, but she’s come out of the race 100 per cent.

“I’ll give her a couple of blows. She was actually carrying a bit of condition yesterday. Everybody commented on how well she looked, she was even a bit plump looking.

“She’s eating well and she’s healthy. She’ll go away from home for a piece of work in the meantime.”

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