Fahy looking towards Naas with classy Dunvegan

Six-year-old made winning start to fencing career at Punchestown.

  • Sunday 15 December
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Dunvegan could head for Naas early in the new year following an impressive start to his chasing career at Punchestown.

A dual winner in the bumper sphere and successful on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse 12 months ago, the grey disappointed when stepped up to Grade One level at Leopardstown in February and at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

However, he did everything right when cruising to an 18-length victory on his fencing debut and seasonal reappearance, albeit his task was made significantly easier by the fall of his main market rival Breaken when leading three fences from home.

Fahy said: “I was delighted with him and he’s come out of the race well. He seems happy and everything is good.

“He did what he had to do on the day. We’ll never know what would have happened if the other horse had stood up. I just hope he’s a good horse as well and I’d say he is, the gallop they went.

“I’ll have to speak to the owners, but I’d say we’ll probably go for the winners’ novice chase in Naas just after Christmas (January 5).”

Fahy’s other stable star is the high-class chaser Castlegrace Paddy.

The eight-year-old won the Grade Two Hilly Way Chase at Cork little over a year ago, and rounded off his campaign by finishing a distant third behind Un De Sceaux in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown – but he has not yet returned to action this season.

“He’s fine, he’s just not right enough to come into training. He’s not injured, he just didn’t summer that well and he’s not 100 per cent,” Fahy added.

“I’m sure he’ll have plenty done when he comes back. We can’t wait to have him back as he’s pretty useful.”

Fahy looking towards Naas with classy Dunvegan
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