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Sire Presenting
Dam Edermine Berry
Damsire Durgam
Gender Gelding
Foaled April 8, 2003
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Liam Meade
Owner Daniel Harnett and Lily Lawlor
Trainer Philip Fenton
Record 9: 7-1-0
Earnings E175,761
Dunguib is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Edermine Berry by Presenting. He was born on April 8, 2003 in Ireland, and was bred by Liam Meade.
Major wins
Deloitte Novice Hurdle (2010)
Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (2009)
Punchestown Champion Bumper (2009) (Subsequently disqualified)
Cheltenham Champion Bumper (2009)
Future Champ INH Flat Race (2008)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on February 20, 2010

Dunguib (born 8 April 2003) is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who became the second horse to complete the Cheltenham and Punchestown double in 2009 for trainer Philip Fenton and owners Daniel Harnett and Lily Lawlor. However he was later disqualified from his Punchestown Champion Bumper victory [1]


In the beginning

Dunguib was sold by breeder Liam Meade as a foal at the Tattersalls Ireland horse sales in November 2003 to Daniel Harnett and Lily Lawlor, who intended to sell him on as a three-year-old like they had many horses before, including Irish Grand National winner Niche Market.

As they lived near to the town of Killenaule in County Tipperary, both Harnett and Lawlor knew Philip Fenton well as he rode for local trainer Edward O'Grady as an amateur for many years, securing a Cheltenham Festival success for the trainer on Loving Around in the 1996 National Hunt Chase [2]. Both told Fenton that if their son of Presenting was not sold on then they would put him in training at his Carrick On Suir base in the neighbouring county of Waterford and he was not [3]

The name Dunguib comes from a small village outside Killenaule of the same name.[4]

Racing career

Dunguib had his first racing start at the 2008 Punchestown Festival where he was beaten by On Raglan Road in a National Hunt flat race. He went on to win his next two starts in National Hunt flat races, including the Grade 2 Future Champ INH Flat Race. After that convincing victory at just a shade below the highest level, Dunguib was aimed at the Champion Bumper at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, a race Harnett and Lawlor had dreamed of winning for some time [5].

Under amateur rider Brian O'Connell, his one and only rider to date, Dunguib stormed up the Cheltenham hill to beat Some Present and Rite Of Passage with ease [6]. Having landed his first Grade 1 connections were quick to site another in the Punchestown Champion Bumper as his next target and gave him a short break before producing him in tip-top condition that April. Dunguib won [7], but was later found to have been running with a banned substance [8] in his system and was disqualified, awarding the race to the second home Sweeps Hill.

Fenton had schooled Dunguib over hurdles before his Punchestown run and gave him his first start over those obstacles in October 2008 at Galway. Conditions were very testing, but the competition was not strong and the six-year-old won by four, lengths hard on the bridle, once again in the hands of O'Connell [9]. Connections had wanted to go straight to the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle after this race using a racecourse gallop at Thurles as a preparation, however this plan was changed when Thurles became waterlogged by excessive levels of rain [10] and Dunguib was taken to Punchestown for another hurdle race. In similar style to his first run of the season, Dunguib cantered away to win by several lengths with virtually no urgings from O'Connell [11].

Dunguib's next test was to be his greatest. A return to Grade 1 action for the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse was on the cards and preparations were going well [12], but connections could not control the weather and a freak rain storm waterlogged Fairyhouse on the Sunday of the big race, forcing its abandonment [13]. Horse Racing Ireland worked quickly to ensure the day, which was also set to feature the Hatton's Grace Hurdle and Drinmore Novice Chase, was saved, moving the entire card to the following Wednesday and the course's original fixture set for that date to the next Thursday (December 10). Still, the opposition was no match for Dunguib and he stormed seven lengths clear of Some Present to victory [14]. Afterwards, Fenton was considering a tilt at the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown because his star had won so easily again, but all concerned decided to stick with plan A in the end and Dunguib was rested until the Deloitte Novice Hurdle in February.

He won this hard held, but made several jumping errors [15]. These did not harm him though and he was described by Fenton as "bright as a button" [16] the following day.

That contest was his final preparation for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2010.

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