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Limestone Lad and Solerina are both enjoying their retirement

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Two of Ireland's best loved National Hunt stars, Limestone Lad and Solerina, are both enjoying their retirement at trainer Michael Bowe's County Tipperary base.

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"Unfortunately Limestone is a gelding, so I can't breed off him, but Solerina is in foal now to Doyen and that foal is due in April," said the trainer. "We also have a lovely four-year-old filly by Milan. I don't like talking up horses but I do think she could be quite nice. She'll tell us when she's ready to run. We also have a three-year-old filly by High Chaparral, and a yearling, so hopefully they'll turn out to be good, but they have a lot to live up to. "If they're half as good as Solerina, that will do me. I only have one horse to run at the moment, a mare called Akatara. She's been placed 11 times and I think I've seen her quoted as the most frustrating horse in training. "If I can get her to win a race, that will probably be my biggest achievement since winning the Hatton's Grace!"

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