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Dunguib - Punchestown 29.04.09

Dunguib: saw off his rivals with authority to register fourth win in a row

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Sensational Dunguib follows up in style

Report: Punchestown, Wednesday

Paddy Power Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) 2m

CHAMPION BUMPERwinner Dunguib followed up his Cheltenham victory with another sensational display at Punchestown on Wednesday.

The Philip Fenton-trained six-year-old became only the second horse - following Cousin Vinny last year - to complete the Cheltenham-Punchestown double as he cruised to victory under Brian O'Connell.


Dunguib, sent off the 9-10 favourite,  was held up early on and crept into contention before seeing off his rivals with some authority to register his fourth win in a row.

Sweeps Hill (7-1) finished second with Luska Lad (6-1) back in third.

Fenton said: "The biggest worry was tactics but they've gone a good gallop.

"I was looking for excuses coming here but it turns out that he was in the same form as before Cheltenham.

"He had two weeks off after Cheltenham and soon put the weight back on that he lost there, and there were seven weeks between the two races.

"He is a superstar of a horse and is well able to jump. We have already schooled him and he will do plenty more before he makes an appearance."

Fenton added: "He won't be overraced next season and we'll start off in a maiden hurdle.

"If all goes well and fits into place then I would love to take him back to Cheltenham for the two-mile novice - the Supreme Novices' Hurdle."


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