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Schindlers in Festival Hunt Future bright for Dunguib

Schindlers Hunt will head to the Cheltenham Festival for the third successive year following his fine display in last weekend's Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

The 10-year-old held a narrow advantage approaching the final fence in the Grade One contest and, although a bad mistake cost him his chance, he was far from disgraced in third.

Fourth in the Champion Chase two years ago and third in the Ryanair Chase last year, Dessie Hughes' charge will arrive at Prestbury Park as a leading contender for the latter.

"He made a bad mistake at the last but I wouldn't say he would have won as he's been beaten far enough in the end," said Hughes.

"He still ran a very good race and it seems as though he's improved again.

"He'll go back to Cheltenham now for the Ryanair and he should run another good race as everyone knows he's a better horse on better ground."

Stablemate In Compliance was a creditable fifth in the Hennessy and is also Cheltenham-bound.

"He ran a decent enough race and he will probably go to Cheltenham for one of the handicaps," Hughes continued.

"The race over two miles five (furlongs) on the Thursday will probably be his race (Byrne Group Plate)."



Future bright for Dunguib

While connections of the mighty Dunguib have effectively ruled out a tilt at this year's Champion Hurdle, Sky Bet have moved quickly to make him their clear favourite for next season's renewal.

Philip Fenton's Champion Bumper hero took his hurdling tally to four wins from four starts in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, again not coming off the bridle to win as he liked.

While the seven-year-old does hold an entry in this year's Champion Hurdle, Fenton has confirmed his charge will head for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle next month, for which he is already odds-on across the board.

Sky Bet's Matt Doyle said: "He is potentially the best hurdler we have seen since Istabraq and would start favourite for this year's Champion Hurdle as a novice, let alone next, if given the chance.

"It is not too late for connections to change their mind (for this year), but the 4/1 on offer with us for the 2011 Champion Hurdle would look a fair price if he emulates Istabraq by taking the novice route to superstardom."


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