Dunguib: two out of two over hurdles after very impressive winPicture: Caroline Norris
Dunguib demolishes Punchestown rivals
Report: Punchestown, Saturday
Ballymaloe Country Relish Hurdle 2m, 6yo+
DUNGUIB hardened at the head of betting for theSupreme Novices' Hurdle after an extremely impressive win at Punchestown on Saturday.
Last year's Champion Bumper winner did not have to come off the bridle to make it two out of two over hurdles as he cruised home under Brian O'Connell, leaving his rivals toiling.
William Hill reacted by cutting him to 9-4 (from 5-2) for his Festival target. Victor Chandler went 16-1 (from 25-1) for the Champion Hurdle, although trainer Philip Fenton has stated the Supreme Novices' Hurdle is this season's aim.
Dunguib was always travelling superbly and enthusiastically pulled his way to the front at the fourth hurdle, quickly asserting as his rivals fell by the wayside one by one.
Puyol, who had disputed the lead from the start, tried to stick to the 2-13 favourite, but he blundered at the second-last and O'Connell hardly had to move aboard Dunguib to register a four and a half length victory, with Dante Hall running on to take third.
The Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse on November 29 is Dunguib's next target.
Trainer Philip Fenton said: "His jumping was good and slick, although he probablywasn't concentrating at the first two."
"He learnt more today and it's roll on Fairyhouse in two weeks' time."
O'Connell added: "He was very good - he fiddled the first couple and was a little keen in behind but he jumped well on the whole and hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here. "
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