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Dunguib at the last in the Deloitte novices hurdle Leopardstown 07.02.2010

Dunguib: general odds-on shot for Supreme Novices' Hurdle

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Dunguib 'bright as a button' after Deloitte win

DUNGUIB was on Monday reported to be "as bright as a button" following his power-packed victory in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle and his trainer also stressed that a tilt at the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle is “not on the agenda now”.


Philip Fenton’s seven-year-old started the 3-10 favourite for the Grade 1 event and although scoring in almost effortless fashion at the expense ofFionnegas, the standard of his jumping attracted plenty of attention.


“When we schooled him beforehand you could touch your eyes on top of his back he was that good, so I was expecting a better round of jumping,” admitted Fenton.

“We’ll work on a bit more schooling when he starts back and considering his jump at the last was probably his best I’m hoping a faster pace at Cheltenham should help his jumping.”


“He’s the most amazing horse as he licked his pot clean last night and was a bright as a button out in the field at 8am,” added the Tipperary trainer.

“He was on cloud nine after going out this morning and he won’t have a saddle on him for ten days now before we start getting him ready for Cheltenham and the
Spinal Research Supreme Novices' Hurdle. The timing of Sunday’s race leaves us with plenty of time to prepare  him for his next race.”


Dunguib wason Monday cut to 4-5 favourite from even money for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle by Ladbrokes, the firm that were biggest about the seven-year-old after the Deloitte Hurdle.


David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Everyone had plenty of time to get on at evens but we are now full to the brim with Dunguib in our book and the dam has burst."


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