FOLLOWING the positive return from Last Instalment at Thurles yesterday, Philip Fenton will tomorrow hope for something similar from Dunguib as he contests the Grade Two Limestone Lad Hurdle on a cracking card at Naas, writes NIALL CRONIN.
Off the track since finishing eighth behind Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2011, the former Champion Bumper winner and Grade One winning novice hurdler has been off for 1,041 days, but Fenton is hopeful he can put in a bold performance.
"He has certainly been keeping everyone on their toes at home anyway," Fenton said yesterday at Thurles.
"It's great to be getting started with him and, if he puts in a respectable run, we would be delighted.
"It took a lot of patience from Dan Hartnett and Peggy Lawlor to start with as it has been bad news every season since he ran in the Champion Hurdle. But he's back on the road again and he is in good shape."
The champion trainer Willie Mullins will have no runner in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase, which Gigginstown look to have a strong handle on from the entries, but Grade One form will be on show as the Topaz Novice Chase third Foxrock runs for Ted Walsh and Barry Connell.
Foxrock stayed on strongly behind Carlingford Lough and Morning Assembly the last time and is likely to be a major player in tomorrow's race for the local trainer with Danny Mullins onboard.
Henry de Bromhead will step up Sizing Gold to three-miles for the first time in the intriguing Grade Two novice, with Andrew Lynch staying at home to partner the classy seven-year-old in a race that has been a happy hunting ground for trainer Noel Meade in recent years.
Meade has won the race three-times in the last five runnings and Paddy Power Chase third Ipsos Du Berlais looks like the horse that will try and enhance that impressive record.