Wednesday 24 January 2018

Watch step with Dunguib

Please don't do it. Much though you adore him, please don't put the house on Dunguib in the Spinal Injuries Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1.30), which opens proceedings on the first of four days. Read that bit again: the first of four days.

It's a marathon, not a sprint. There are 26 other opportunities to find value where the 4/5 about Dunguib comes with bookmakers salivating at the prospect of a late-winter sunshine cruise.

Yes, he could be a superstar. And yes, he is opposed by some seemingly ordinary novices this year even though connections of Get Me Out Of Here beg to differ. Yet there's too much else to be concerned about.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle, apart from the eight he must jump on the track, is the fact that this fretful horse runs in the first race -- as opposed to the last on Wednesday 12 months ago. On that occasion he was able to sneak into the racecourse stables halfway through the card, when all was quiet. This time he'll have to get there early to avoid being delayed in traffic.

The very best of luck to Philip Fenton and Brian O'Connell. They are going to need it.

Irish Independent

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