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Doyle keen on Mallowney claims

Tim Doyle expects Mallowney to put up a bold show in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan on Sunday.

A 20-1 shot for the Arkle Novice Chase three weeks ago, Mallowney was in the process of running a big race when he came down at the second-last fence when in contention in third place as Trifolium landed the spoils.

"He seems to be in good form. He was still full of running when he came down at the second-last in the Arkle at Leopardstown," said the County Tipperary trainer.

"It is hard to know where he would have finished that day, but he was very much in contention.

"He loves this soft ground and we'll keep him going while he has his conditions."

Dessie Hughes has had his hand forced in going against the grain and running two horses in this five-strong line-up in Bright New Dawn and Some Tikket.

The County Kildare trainer felt Bright New Dawn had plenty on his plate when he was second to Djakadam in the Killiney Novice Chase at Leopardstown last month.

"He's in good form. He's trying the trip for the first time, but on heavy ground it should be far enough," said Hughes.

"He was trying to give Djakadam 11lb last time at Leopardstown which wouldn't have been easy."

Some Tikket put two poor efforts behind him when successful in a beginners' chase at Gowran last month.

"He just wouldn't have been 100 per cent on a couple of his runs and we were disappointed, but he was good at Gowran," said Hughes.

"Races like this don't come along that often and I'm afraid we have to run them against each other which I don't like doing."