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Dunguib team full of hope

Connections of Dunguib are looking forward to the chance to show the eight-year-old really is as good as they always hoped he would be when he lines up for the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

Dunguib was sent off odds-on favourite when only third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle 12 months ago, but showed his well-being with victory over Luska Lad at Gowran last month.

"It looks a very good race and hopefully he'll give a good account of himself. He should handle the ground OK. It shouldn't be a problem, it will be safe and that's the main thing," said jockey Brian O'Connell.

"It was a good comeback run at Gowran. He couldn't have done more on the day and we were delighted with him. He came out of the race well and he seems to be in good form going into the race."

Trainer Philip Fenton added: "I am sure he has improved since winning at Gowran Park, but I am also well aware that he needs to if he is going to run well at Cheltenham.

"There is less talk and hype about the horse compared to last year, but things arr running smoothly and we are very happy with him at the moment."

Richard Johnson reports favourite Menorah to be in good form as he defends his unbeaten three-race record at Cheltenham.

Philip Hobbs' charge won last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle and has landed both his races this season at Prestbury Park, latterly beating Cue Card in the International Hurdle.

The jockey said: "He's been doing very well. I schooled him the other day and he seems fine in himself and felt good. He enjoys the track and he's got a good record there so hopefully he can keep that record up."


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