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Dunguib primed for Naas return

DUNGUIB is set for his long-awaited return with his first appearance in almost three years in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas this Saturday.

So impressive in winning the 2009 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and a dual Grade One scorer over hurdles the following season, Dunguib's career has been blighted by injury since the spring of 2010.

He missed much of the following season before making a winning return in the Red Mills Hurdle and finishing eighth behind Hurricane Fly in the 2011 Champion Hurdle.

He has not been seen in action since and considering he has recently turned 11, it is not surprising trainer Philip Fenton expects his charge to need the run in this weekend's Grade Three contest.

Fenton said: "He's obviously been off the track a good while and we'll just be glad to get him back on the track.

"He'll be well in need of his first run and we'll just have to see how he goes before we make any plans for the future."

Dunguib features among 15 possible runners, with Willie Mullins responsible for seven entries. The champion trainer has entered Blood Cotil, Drive Time, Marito, Mikael D'Haguenet, Mourad, Turban and Upsie. Mouse Morris features Baily Green, Rathlin and Rule The World.

The Grade Two Woodlands Park 100 Novice Chase is another fascinating contest, with 12 horses in contention for the Grade Two heat.

Mullins has Mozoltov and recent Limerick winner The Paparrazi Kid engaged, with Gordon Elliott's Don Cossack, Morris' Rogue Angel and Sizing Gold from Henry de Bromhead's yard other notable entries.