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Dunguib camp eyeing emotional return to Cheltenham Festival

Nick Wilby in Wed. 15th March 17 Feb 2014

Former Champion Bumper hero Dunguib booked another trip to the Cheltenham Festival when scoring for the first time in three years in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at Navan, with the Coral Cup or County Hurdle next on the agenda.

Philip Fenton's gelding looked set for a bright future when landing Prestbury Park's prestigious National Hunt Flat race by 10 lengths from Some Present back in 2009, with the likes of Rite Of Passage and Quel Esprit in behind that day.

All went according to plan when he was sent over obstacles, picking up Grade 1 novice hurdle victories in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Deloitte at Leopardstown before he was only third to Menorah and Get Me Out Of Here when a heavily-backed favourite for the 2010 Supreme at Cheltenham.

An injury setback curtailed his appearances the following season to just a Gowran Park success and eighth place in the Champion Hurdle behind Hurricane Fly and further complications forced Dunguib to then spend almost three years on the sidelines.

However, after an encouraging third behind Rule The World at Naas last month, the popular 11-year-old finally returned to the winner's enclosure when hacking up by six lengths from Zaidpour in Grade 2 company under a delighted Brian O'Connell.

"When he won his last race on this same weekend back in 2011, if you'd told me then his next win would come three years later I'd be pretty shocked," said the jockey. "But he was brilliant and still feels like a five-year-old.

"We went a very good gallop for the ground, but he was very fresh, very keen and just pulled his way to the front halfway down the back. When I got to the front I was able to give him a breather, he still got a bit tired late on but he's entitled to after such a long absence on very deep ground."

Runner-up Zaidpour had some useful form on his record this season, chasing home Jezki in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse and beating Rule The World in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Fenton added: "He's not getting any younger, but he looked his old self. We were fairly confident we might be good enough. We wanted him to have a race rather than be dilly-dallying out the back. He was getting a little bit tired from the last, but we'd be hoping he'd improve from it."

Carliro Brigante was the last horse trained on the Emerald Isle to land the Coral Cup, while Irish raiders have won the last four runnings of the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.


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