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Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 3f

  • (5yo+, 2m 3f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €19,500 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,700 4th €900
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 4m 52.50s
  • Off time: 13:01:02
  • Last Updated: January 18 2014, 13:53 GMT

Rule The World (5/4 fav) bounced back to form when making every yard of the running in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.

Rule The World: Made every post a winning one
Rule The World: Made every post a winning one

Last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle runner-up had proved slightly disappointing since making a winning seasonal reappearance but ran out a convincing winner of the Grade Three contest.

Given a positive ride by Bryan Cooper on the drop back from three miles, the seven year old gradually extended his advantage in the straight and not even a slight mistake at the last halted his progress.

He was chased home by Jennies Jewel but there was more focus on the run of Dunguib who was having his first outing in over 1000 days. Philip Fenton's 11-year-old travelled well up to a point before tiring in the testing ground and looks sure to benefit from the outing.

The winner was cut to 16/1 from 25s by Betfred for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle but remains widely available at the longer price and his trainer confirmed that race would be his target.

"The ground and making the running were not ideal, but it was a good performance. He'll now go straight for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham," Morris said.

Michael Shinners of Leeds based firm Sky Bet commented: "He was a smart novice but hasn't fully convinced this season after a serious injury and we're content to leave him unchanged at 25s for the World Hurdle for the time being."

Fenton was delighted with the performance of Dunguib saying: "I expected him to get tired sooner. Hopefully he'll be OK in the morning and the Red Mills at Gowran (February 15) is a possibility."

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