Dunguib: leaps the hurdle in isolation on his way to a seven-length successPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Dunguib canters to victory in Royal Bond
Report: Fairyhouse, Wednesday
Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
DUNGUIB continued his rise to stardom at Fairyhouse on Wednesday cantering to victory and maintaining his unbeaten hurdles record in the process.
Bookmakers reacted by cutting the Philip Fenton-trained six-year-old for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, while Paddy Power make the son of Presenting 4-1 favourite for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle with a run. However, most bookmakers have him at 16-1 for the race in March.
Sent-off the red-hot 30-100 favourite for the rescheduled Grade 1 contest, Dunguib hacked along behind pacesetting outsider Deise Dan before cruising past him at the top of the home straight.
Jockey Brian O'Connell, who was riding his first winner since turning professional,had a quick look over his shoulder before jumping the penultimate flight and saw main rival Sweeps Hill in trouble under jockey Tony McCoy.
Philip Fenton: 'that was marvellous'PICTURE: Caroline Norris
Dunguib, running in the colours of part-owner Daniel Harnett, burst clear approaching the last hurdle and eased home to win by seven lengths from 6-1 chance Some Present.
A delighted Philip Fenton, whoindicated that Dunguib is likely to stick to novice races this season, said: "That was marvellous, it could not have been better. His jumping was excellent bar one mistake and he was particularly good at the last two when Brian asked him.
"We'll have to have a chat about Leopardstown [the Grade 1 Paddypowerpoker.com Future Champions Novice Hurdle on December 27], but we might give it a miss and go for the Deloitte [Hurdle on February 7] before Cheltenham."
O'Connell said: "He was very good. The gallop helped his jumping and he jumped well."
Thomas Mullins, trainer of runner up Some Present, said: "I'm well pleased with that run. The winner is exceptional however,and we'll have a think before deciding on Leopardstown at Christmas [same target as Dunguib]."