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Mallowney aims to bounce back

Trainer Tim Doyle believes Mallowney will have to bring his A-game to Leopardstown on Sunday if he is to get back on the winning trail.

The eight-year-old showed smart form as a novice hurdler last season and has taken to the chasing game well, with a win at Naas in early January supplemented by some sound efforts in defeat against quality opposition.

He was going well on his penultimate outing in the Irish Arkle until tipping two fences from the finish and chased home Bright New Dawn in Navan's Flyingbolt Novice Chase last time.

Although the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Novice Chase is a step down in class, Doyle feels his charge still has plenty on his plate.

Doyle said: "It looks a good opportunity for him and he goes there in good order. He came out of Navan well. He ran a good race, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

"There are a couple of nice horses in the race on Sunday, so we'll just have to see what happens, but I think our horse will need to be at his best to win.

"He's a consistent horse. He's run his race every day this season."

Henry de Bromhead fields two against Mallowney in Darwins Fox and Moscow Mannon.

Dual chase winner Darwins Fox makes his first appearance since October, while Moscow Mannon got off the mark over fences at the second time of asking with a smart effort at Naas three weeks ago.

De Bromhead said: "Darwins Fox is coming back from a break and is in good form. He'd probably prefer a bit better ground than this, but hopefully he'll run well.

"Moscow Mannon put up a good performance last time out and hopefully he can keep improving and run well on Sunday.

"This is always a good race. Special Tiara was beaten a long way in this a year ago and went on to win a Grade One for me at Aintree.

"They are all competitive at this stage of the season."

Mount Colah, Some Tikket and Is Herself About complete a six-runner field.