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Fenton hopeful of Dunguib return in Red Mills Hurdle

Dunguib is reported to be responding well to treatment following a setback last week and is set to make a belated return at Gowran Park next month.

Trainer Philip Fenton is targeting the Red Mills Hurdle on February 12 after poor blood results forced Dunguib to miss the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

"He's grand, he's fine. He appears to be responding to the antibiotics, so now hopefully he'll run in the Red Mills," said Fenton.

The eight-year-old, which holds an entry in the Champion Hurdle, won the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in 2009 and was third to Menorah in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle there last March.

Meanwhile, Alfie Sherrin got off the mark over fences at the second attempt in the novices' chase at Wetherby. Rated highly over hurdles, Jonjo O'Neill's eight-year-old improved on a pleasing chasing debut at Bangor by easily taking the four-runner event.

Four became three at the seventh fence, as Glenwood Knight departed the scene, but Tony McCoy's mount soon regained his composure and defeated Knockavilla by seven lengths. McCoy went on to complete a double when guiding Paul Webber's A Bridge Too Far to victory in the maiden hurdle.

Webber has confirmed that stable star Time For Rupert will run in Saturday's Argento Chase at Cheltenham. Also among the entries are Howard Johnson's enigmatic Tidal Bay and Nicky Henderson's Punchestowns, while Paul Nicholls has entered Neptune Collonges and Taranis, last year's winner.

Irish Independent