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Dunguib destined for Champion Novice?

Updated: Thursday, 01 Apr 2010 15:15

Dunguib
Dunguib

Dunguib may get the chance to gain his revenge on Cheltenham conqueror Menorah in the Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival on 20 April.

Philip Fenton's seven-year-old lost his unbeaten record over timber in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle when he finished third.

However Menorah has another option at Aintree and Dunguib could take on more experienced rivals in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on Friday, 23 April.

‘Dunguib took his race at Cheltenham extremely well and the idea now is to head to Punchestown,’ said Fenton.

‘At the moment, there is every chance that he will stay in novice company but we will keep our cards close to our chest and take a close look at both races nearer the time before making any final decision.’

Oscar Whisky, who lost his unbeaten record in the same race, holds an entry for Nicky Henderson, while James Fanshawe's La Sarrazine could make the trip over.

Others for the home team include Loosen My Load, Luska Lad and Some Present.

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