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Dunguib owners insist no money can buy star.

THE owners of Dunguib said yesterday their rising star was not for sale, and that "no money can change our minds," writes Jessica Lamb.

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 at the Cheltenham Festival, the meeting at which he won the Weatherbys Champion Bumper 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, 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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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2009
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