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Dunguib leads Limestone contenders

Former Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Dunguib is among 16 preliminary entries for the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas on Saturday.

Trainer Philip Fenton is considering giving the Champion Hurdle hopeful his first run of the winter in the Grade Three contest over two miles and three furlongs.

Another classy entry is the 2007 Champion Hurdle hero Sublimity, who returned to winning ways at Cork last week. Others in the list include Noel Meade's pair of Aitmatov and Donnas Palm, Stonemaster and Vic Venturi from the Dessie Hughes stable and the Paul Nolan-trained Shinrock Paddy.

Tom Mullins intends to saddle Made In Taipan before putting him back over fences later in the campaign.

The 10-year-old was sixth to Jumbo Rio over the smaller obstacles at Punchestown on New Year's Eve on his first start since falling in the John Smith's Grand National.

"He'll definitely go there. He came out of his last race very well. He just got away on Barry Geraghty with half a mile to go and just blew himself up very quick," said the County Kilkenny trainer.

"We'd be hoping for a much better run on Saturday. It blew the cobwebs away and he's better going left-handed. He'll go back chasing and we're going to have a go at some three-mile contests to see if he gets the trip.

"We went at it last year in the Hennessy in Leopardstown, but they went no gallop and by the time the race had started his chances had been wrecked. We probably should have popped him out and gone our own gallop. It was his first time against the big horses so we didn't want to do it.

"It was just the way things transpired. Next time we'll probably pop away with him and not hold him up. He might go for the Hennessy again. A lot depends on what he does on Saturday. I'm hoping for a better run."


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