Views from connections ahead of the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas, featuring Dunguib.
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This Saturday will represent the culmination of a trying three years for Philip Fenton as Dunguib finally sets foot on the racecourse again in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.
A horse seemingly set for hurdling stardom after hammering his rivals in the 2009 Champion Bumper, Dunguib made a smooth start to jumping and went off at odds-on in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, only to finish third behind Menorah.
Well beaten by Hurricane Fly at Punchestown, he made just two more appearances in 2011 and won the Red Mills at Gowran before finishing further behind Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle.
Injury has intervened ever since, and Fenton simply hopes for a clear round.
"He keeps everybody on their toes," said Fenton. "It will be great to get him started. He's had his problems and a respectable run would be lovely.
"We never doubted that he wouldn't come back. It took an awful lot of patience from his owners to stick with him for so long, as the bad news came each season.
"Luckily enough he's back on the road and he's in good shape."
Now 11, Dunguib has not been entered in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
Mouse Morris fields two potent rivals for Dunguib in Rule The World, a top novice who has struggled when upped in class so far, and Rathlin, who is on the comeback trail after three easy wins over fences during the spring and summer.
Willie Mullins' Mourad, who is better known for running over longer trips, is joined by well-regarded mare Upsie, who lost her unbeaten record at Leopardstown over Christmas.