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Edge in frame for Gowran

Competitive Edge is likely to return to Gowran Park for a valuable handicap he won last season after finishing second at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The Conor O'Dwyer-trained seven-year-old beat all bar Willie Mullins' well-treated Turban in the Dan Moore Memorial Chase, but will not run in the valuable Leopardstown Handicap Chase on January 25.

O'Dwyer instead plans to give Competitive Edge another outing before a possible run in the Shamrock Handicap Chase at Gowran.

"We just ran into that man Mullins!" said O'Dwyer.

"I was delighted with our lad, though, as the season was getting away from us a bit. He unseated the last day and we needed a good run.

"He'll come on again for it as that was effectively his first race of the season.

"AP (McCoy) said he likes to be in the thick of things. We've been trying to drop him in over three (miles) but I think we'll stick at two (miles) to two and half for the rest of this season, but he must have that soft ground. Surprisingly for one by Presenting his jumping goes to pieces on better ground.

"There's a race he won at Gowran last year (Shamrock Handicap) that's worth 50,000 euro and we'll probably go there again but that's not for another six weeks so I'd like a race before then if we could.

"He's in at Leopardstown next week but he won't run there now. He's only seven so I hope there's plenty of big days left in him."