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Dunguib could return to flat racing

Philip Fenton could have Dunguib return to flat horse racing before putting him over fences.
Philip Fenton could have Dunguib return to flat horse racing before putting him over fences.
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Philip Fenton could have Dunguib return to flat horse racing before putting him over fences. The nine-year-old claimed the 2009 Cheltenham Festival Champion Bumper and the 2010 Deloitte Novice Hurdle.

However, Fenton’s runner suffered a tendon injury in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2011. The County Tipperary trainer had oversaw his charge rehabilitate on a horse walker for several months.

“He's in good form and back on the roads every day so we're hoping we'll get him out in two or three months' time,” said Fenton. “We're getting there step by step. We first put him out for a little bit of grass and he has been on the go since. His legs seem quite good so we're just hoping we can get a couple of seasons out of him. I wouldn't mind if I started him in a Flat race before he went over fences.”

In other news, trainer Clive Cox is upbeat on unbeaten Reckless Abandon as the charge competes in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday. Reckless Abandon claimed the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot following a debut at Doncaster in May.

“I've been very pleased with him since Ascot, very pleased indeed. This looks a nice, healthy step forward for him. He's stepping up half a furlong, but that shouldn't be a problem and he gets into the race without a penalty,” said Cox.