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PHILIP FENTON

Weblog: Living the Dunguib dream, for now at least

Dunguib has final gallop - nothing drastic

YOU know, we've never had a week quite like this and we'll probably never again arrive at a racecourse with two runners for two Grade 1 contests - it's our biggest week yet.

Dunguib was in great form this morning, still.

He is plenty fit enough for Sunday's Royal Bond so the final gallop was only a breeze at home with fellow Fairyhouse runner Caim Hill. One just kept the other company, nothing drastic, and I'm happy with both.

Dunguib might do one light canter under Brian O'Connell on Thursday, then probably two on Friday and another two on Saturday, then it's off to Fairyhouse - which is quietly confident of beating the weather, although the ground is heavy.

The main dangers stood their ground on Tuesday. Some Present, Sweeps Hill and Shinrock Paddy are all still ready to challenge and I think it's going to be a game of catand mouse with so many different running styles among the entries - I know we won't be revealing anything until Brian and Dunguib jump off at 1pm on Sunday!

Unfortunately, our plan to sneak Woodbine Willie down to Wexford was waterlogged, so we've had to put him up against the likes of Nicanor at Thurles on Thursday - if that even goes ahead.

As we're only expecting a good round of jumping from Willie against such competition, owner Jim Gleeson's Old Charm runs in the bumper later on.

Poor Jim is currently in hospital, by the way, and, whilst we obviously wish him a very speedy recovery, I'm sure it would do him the world of good to hear that Old Charm had built on his very good run at Punchestown - it would certainly calm our nerves as the weekend's events have us doing a whole lot of box-walking right now.

 

 

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