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Gowran Park

  • 15:40 Red Mills Trial Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 4yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Heavy (Hurdles: Soft to Heavy)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 17.60s
  • Off time: 15:41:21

Dunguib wins on return

Delight as Irish hope hits target on return

Last Updated: 19/02/11 4:56pm

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Dunguib: Winning reappearance

Dunguib: Winning reappearance

Dunguib had to work fairly hard to see off Luska Lad in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran.

Phillip Fenton's stable star, sent off the 8-11 favourite, travelled well throughout and came through to challenge for the lead two hurdles from home.

His rival made a mistake at that flight which helped his cause, and he then produced a flying leap at the last under jockey Brian O'Connell to seal the victory.

He was driven out all the way to the line, as Luska Lad (6-4) tried to rally, but the result never looked in doubt.

Sole other rival Gimli's Rock began to struggle before the second-last flight and was quickly left behind.

The winner was trimmed to 14-1 from 16s by Sky Bet for the Stan James Champion Hurdle in March.

Fenton was delighted to see Dunguib get back on track and the Cheltenham Festival is now on his agenda again.

"I'm very pleased with that on a number of counts. Firstly it was good to get his first run of the season under his belt," said the trainer.

"Secondly, he was an extremely fit horse five or six weeks ago and while he recovered from his infection (which resulted in a bad blood count), each week we were seeing improvement in him.

"We were lucky today's race was put back as I've been much happier with him in the last 10 days.

"It was great not to have too hard a race today and it was just what he needed.

"He settled after a few hurdles today and his jumping improved as the pace increased and he was slick over the last three flights.

"We'll go straight for the Champion Hurdle now and today will keep the dream alive for another while."

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