Dunguib owners insist no money can buy star.
After cruising to his second victory over hurdles on Saturday, the Philip Fenton-trained sixyear-old was cut to as short as 9-4 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above novices. It is run over a distance of 2 miles 110 yards (3,319 metres) on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. at the Cheltenham Festival The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom and has race prize money second only to the Grand National. , the meeting at which he won the Weatherbys Champion Bumper The Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race in the United Kingdom for four to six-year-old horses. It is run over a distance of 2 miles 110 yards (3,319 metres) on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. in impressive fashion in March.
Owners Lily Lawlor and Daniel Harnett have a reputation for selling on young horses, but have dismissed the idea in the case of Dunguib.
Lawlor revealed yesterday: "In the beginning we had offers, as we would usually sell young horses on. We bought Niche Market as a foal foal
a junior horse from birth to one year. May be filly foal, colt foal.
see enzootic equine incoordination. , for example. But not this one, definitely not."
And Harnett added: "We're not interested in any offers. Both Lily and I have decided to keep Dunguib and no money can change our minds.
"We're local to Edward O'Grady and have therefore known Philip since he was riding out there. When he set up, we were only too happy to let him have Dunguib, and that's the way it will stay."
Both also reiterated that, despite Dunguib being as low as 16-1 for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, the Supreme Novices' was the target at this stage.
"Since becoming an owner it has been a goal to win the Champion Bumper," continued Harnett. "After that, absolutely everything is a bonus."
Lawlor added: "The Champion Bumper was a dream we'd had for a long time, and Punchestown was another. Now we'll have to maybe start aiming higher with our goals."
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 18, 2009|
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