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Fenton Going Places writes Paul Cassel

Philip Fenton is one of the select few to have ridden and trained a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.

The former four-time Irish Champion Amateur Rider first came to prominence when partnering Loving Around to land the 1996 National Hunt Chase, before more recently being proudly responsible for saddling Dunguib after his brilliant victory in the 2009 Champion Bumper.

The horse looked one of the most impressive winners of the National Hunt Flat event for a long time, and looks a most exciting prospect over hurdles after posting a facile success at Galway on October 25.

The talented six-year-old is already firmly at the head of the ante-post market for next year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle, and is threatening to start as one of the hottest favourites for the Prestbury Park curtain raiser for many years.

After steering Tony Mullins' L'Antartique to a popular success at the 2004 Listowel Festival on his final ride, Fenton's training career got off to the perfect start when Slipeneer landed a Bumper at the same venue on the very next day.

Along with the promising novice chaser Cairn Hill, Dunguib looks set to continue the Carrick- on-Suir handler's rise up the training tree.

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