Dunguib: Brian O'Connell took a pull rounding the home bendPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Dunguib shows Supreme class with hurdle win
WEATHERBYS Champion Bumper winner Dunguib pulled jockey Brian O'Connell all the way to victory on his hurdling debut at Galway on Sunday, further strengthening his position at the headof the Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting.
Sent off the 1-7 favourite, Dunguib made only one mistake, diving awkwardly over the hurdle passing the stands for the first time when rushing from his midfield position to fourth place, and was still pulling double rounding the home bend.
After safely negotiating the final hurdle, before which O'Connell was forced to take one last pull on the keen-running Cheltenham Festival scorer, the rider let the Philip Fenton-trained star stride on to win by four lengths.
"It's hopefully onwards and upwards from here," said Fenton. "I think he'll settle much better after this. He was a little bit keen and indeed I think it's keener he got as the race went on, particularly over the last three.
"The Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse is one of the things I've in mind for him next, or else we may go for a winners-of-one somewhere."
Philip Fenton: eyeing FairyhousePICTURE: Caroline Norris
O'Connell added: "He did it great and it's great to get that out of the way. He jumped alright, considering he was keen and very fresh. He'll improve a lot for that."
Dunguib was already the clear 5-2 favourite with most firms for next year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle, despite Cheltenham second Some Present recording a successful hurdling debut 10 days ago, and Paddy Power left Daniel Harnett's talent unchanged at that.
William Hill cut the winner to 5-2 from 3-1, while Bet365 went 9-4 from 5-2 and Coral offer the best price of 11-4 (from 10-3)
Some Present, generally 20-1 third best, could bid to take his hurdling tally to two at Punchestown on Wednesday where, Sweeps Hill, 16-1 joint-second favourite with Rite Of Passage, is set to be among hisrivals.