Tuesday 23 January 2018

No regrets for Doyle

Mallowney
Mallowney

Trainer Tim Doyle has no regrets over electing not to enter Mallowney for the Cheltenham Festival despite another runaway success at Naas on Sunday.

The nine-year-old has appeared slightly more amenable this season than in the past, which has helped him raise his game to another level.

He turned what looked a competitive Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase into a procession at Fairyhouse last month and was similarly impressive stepped up to Grade Two level in Sunday's Paddy Power Your Local Betting Shop Chase.

Doyle would have been perfectly justified in considering his stable star a likely candidate for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but is happy to sidestep the Prestbury Park jamboree and will instead aim towards the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse before heading for the Champion Chase at Punchestown in the spring.

Doyle said: "He's certainly much improved this season and I think that's down to him being much more relaxed.

"We're happy with the route we're going. I just felt temperament-wise earlier in his career he wouldn't have been the right horse to take to Cheltenham.

"He's much better now, but I still think at this stage Cheltenham wouldn't be any help to him and there is a grand schedule at home we can stick to.

"The owner is happy to go down that route and Davy (Russell) thinks that's the way we should go, so it's my job now just to keep him right and get him to those two races in the best possible shape."

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