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Dunguib - Fairyhouse - 02.12.09

Dunguib: horse did not miss any exercise during the recent cold period

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Wednesday decision on Dunguib's comeback run

PHILIP FENTON expects to decide on Wednesday whether Dunguib will have his first run of the season in the Limestone Lad Hurdle over 2m3f at Naas on Saturday or wait for the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown eight days later.

Available at 16-1 for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, Dunguib is one of 16 entries for the Grade 3 at Naas.

Fenton said on Monday afternoon: "We will make a decision on Wednesday. The horse is in good form and never missed a day's exercise during all the bad weather, but he did miss some proper work because of it and the decision we have to make is whether to give him another week and start him off in the Irish Champion instead."

Dunguib, a dual Grade 1 winner as a novice last season, has not raced since finishing sixth on his first try outside novice company behind Hurricane Fly in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown festival in April.

The entries for Saturday's race also include the Noel Meade-trained pair Donnas Palm and Aitmatov, 2007 Champion Hurdlewinner Sublimity, who was winning for the first time in over two years when scoring at Cork eight days ago, and Shinrock Paddy.

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