Saturday 16 December 2017

Champion dream a Dun deal

Dunguib. Photo: Getty Images
Dunguib. Photo: Getty Images

Dunguib's campaign is to be geared around a crack at the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next March.

Trainer Philip Fenton would like to give his stable star two runs before his main objective.

"He has done exceptionally well during the summer. He's done better this summer than he has in the past. He's still in the field enjoying himself," Fenton told At The Races.

"We might plan a different campaign for him this time round. We might start him off later rather than start him early and, all going well, we'll have him right for Cheltenham.

"We are going to stick with our plan which is if he has a good preparation I'm sure the Champion Hurdle will be the one we're aiming for.

"He won't run until after Christmas. We have no particular race in mind, but he can have two runs before Cheltenham that will be grand."

Dunguib, the 2009 Weatherbys Champion Bumper hero and third in last season's Spinal Research Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Festival, is a top-priced 20-1 for the blue riband.

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