Dunguib set for return to action at Naas
Published 11/01/2011 | 05:00
Former Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Dunguib is among 16 entries for the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas on Saturday.
Trainer Philip Fenton is considering giving the Champion Hurdle hopeful his first run of the winter in the Grade Three contest over two miles and three furlongs.
Another classy entry is the 2007 Champion Hurdle hero Sublimity, which returned to winning ways at Cork last week. Others in the list include Noel Meade's pair of Aitmatov and Donnas Palm, Stonemaster and Vic Venturi from the Dessie Hughes stable and the Paul Nolan-trained Shinrock Paddy.
Tom Mullins intends to saddle Made In Taipan before putting him back over fences later in the campaign. The 10-year-old was sixth to Jumbo Rio over the smaller obstacles at Punchestown on his first start since falling in the Aintree Grand National.
"He came out of his last race very well," said Mullins. "We'd be hoping for a much better run on Saturday. It blew the cobwebs away and he's better going left-handed.
"He'll go back chasing and we're going to have a go at some three-mile contests to see if he gets the trip. We went at it last year in the Hennessy at Leopardstown, but they went no gallop and by the time the race had started, his chances had been wrecked."
Meanwhile, Bob Lingo is to represent the stable in the Woodlands Park Club Novice Chase at Naas on the same afternoon after being a late withdrawal from Leopardstown last Sunday.
Mullins' brother Willie is responsible for three of the 12 entries in C'Est Ca, Quadrillon and Quel Esprit, while Dessie Hughes has put in Western Charmer.
Noel Meade has two possibles in Cross Appeal and Gran Torino, while the dozen are completed by Quito De La Roque, Roi Du Mee, Royal De La Thinte, Slippers Percy and Tharawaat.