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Navan review: Dunguib sparkles over Boyne Hurdle

Updated: Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 18:10 | Comments

Dunguib landed a facile success at odds of 11-4
Dunguib landed a facile success at odds of 11-4

Dunguib showed plenty of his old sparkle to land the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at Navan.

The 11-year-old recently returned from the best part of three years off the racecourse but improved for his reappearance run to land a facile success at odds of 11-4.

Un Beau Matin set the early fractions but Philip Fenton's former Supreme Novices' third always appeared to be travelling best and cruised into the lead in the closing stages.

The well-supported Zaidpour - who produced another below par display - gave pursuit in vain and was six lengths behind in runner-up spot at the death.

Danny Mullins enjoyed a successful afternoon with success aboard Foxrock (4-6), who ground out victory in the Ten Up Novice Chase.

Ted Walsh's charge is a leading fancy for Cheltenham's National Hunt Chase and certainly showed plenty of mettle to hold off the fast finishing My Murphy by half a length.

That brought up the double for the pilot who had already tasted success with Inis Meain (2-1) in the opening Dunsany Handicap Hurdle.

An unlikely winner when jumping the final flight in third, Dennis Hogan's inmate relied on his abundant flat speed to finish with a late burst and deny Kostar by half a length.

Bright New Dawn (5-4) provided further success for favourite backers when he prevailed over Mallowney in the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase.

In what essentially became a match race, Bryan Cooper's mount matched strides with his sole rival before asserting his dominance approaching the last, staying on well to score by seven lengths.

The closing Flower Hill (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race went the way of Ballagh (12-1).

All eyes had been on Vivega, a full-brother to wonder mare Quevega, but Willie Mullins' charge could only manage third.

Lord Scoundrel put up plenty of resistance in second, but Nina Carberry urged her ride three-quarters of a length clear.

Daneking (4-5) was the sole winner for Willie Mullins as he landed the Follow Navan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle by one and a half lengths from Drumlee.
 

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