Few horses have arrived at Cheltenham with the same hype as Dunguib at the 2010 Festival. A year before, Philip Fenton’s horse exploded on to the scene by way of a demolition job in the Champion Bumper and in the preceding 12 months he had recorded four wins out of four over hurdles, two of which were Grade 1s and all of which were achieved while never coming off the bridle.

Irish bankers tend to attract unconditional betting support at whatever stage of the week but the fact that Dunguib took his chance in the opening race on the opening day, with the travelling army fully locked and loaded, meant that the son of Presenting was near guaranteed to start odds-on.