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Thursday 14 December 2017

Mallowney is ahead of rest

Doyle horse to go high in ratings but Cotswolds not on cards

Mallowney (right) and Davy Russell jump with Twilight before winning the Paddy Power Your Local Betting Shop Chase (Grade 2)
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Mallowney (right) and Davy Russell jump with Twilight before winning the Paddy Power Your Local Betting Shop Chase (Grade 2) Naas

Handicapper Noel O'Brien will release his revised ratings for horses that ran over the weekend later today and when he does yesterday's Naas winner Mallowney may well find himself as the highest rated two-mile chaser in the land.

Tim Doyle's nine-year-old maintained an unbeaten record around Naas when winning the Grade Two Paddy Power sponsored feature race and although connections are opting against going to Cheltenham next month, there could still be plenty of nice prizes to be picked up before the season is out.

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Mallowney went into the Naas with a rating of 160 following a comprehensive win in handicap company at Fairyhouse last time out.

With Cheltenham-bound Hidden Cyclone also 160 and the Willie Mullins-trained Twinlight - who was beaten 20 lengths by Mallowney yesterday - along with his stable companion Champagne Fever both rated the same as veteran Sizing Europe on 162 as of yesterday morning, it is very likely that Mallowney's latest facile win will see him head into the higher echelons of Irish chasers.

Doyle wasn't even tempted by the prospect of supplementing Mallowney for a crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival as before the question was even asked in the post race press huddle he insisted: "We'll stick to our plan."

Doyle said yesterday: "I was hoping he would do that but you just never know and that was very similar to what he did at Fairyhouse. Davy (Russell)thinks he is getting more relaxed and better with every run.

"We'll stick to our plan and he'll head to Fairyhouse for the Normans Grove and Punchestown for the Champion Chase. I'd be happy if he put up a good show in those races but today is a great day."

Only two runners made their way to the start for the concluding bumper yesterday. which was disappointing with only three being declared, as Gordon Elliott's Tombstone was a non-runner.

However, Elliott managed to take home the spoils as Tycoon Prince upset the odds when overturning the Willie Mullins-trained, odds-on favourite Up For Review under Nina Carberry. Despite an initial quote of 10/1 for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, he is now finished for the season according to Elliott.

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