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Mallowney to stay grounded

Mallowney will be kept to domestic competition after his respectable second-placed finish in Sunday's Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan.

Trainer Tim Doyle is planning a return to Naas, scene of three of the six-year-old gelding's four career victories to date, before the big spring meetings arrive.

Mallowney went head-to-head with Bright New Dawn in the Grade Two event before weakening on the run-in, but it was an improvement on his previous run in the Irish Arkle, where he fell at the second-last.

"I thought he ran a good race - he was just outstayed," said Doyle.

"He was a bit keen and the ground was very testing, he'd prefer it better.

"I hope to go to Naas for a Listed race in three weeks' time and if he stays in good form, then we can look at Fairyhouse and Punchestown."