Mallowney (7g Oscar-Silkaway, by Buckskin) made a smooth transition from handicap class when winning the Listed Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.
Scoring for Oscar ahead of what could be a big week for the stallion at Cheltenham, the seven-year-old scored comfortably in the colours of his breeder, trainer Tim Doyle’s wife Claire.
Mallowney had won a handicap by seven lengths on his previous outing and his trainer is now considering another step up in grade.
“I’m delighted with that, he looked a proper horse today. I thought the handicapper was a bit hard on him (after going up 14lb for his previous win) but he showed today that he is up to that class,” Tim Doyle told irishracing.com
“It took him a while to settle and I was worried he wouldn’t get home but he finished out the race well and got home. He goes on better ground and the ground doesn’t seem to bother him. We will look to Fairyhouse and Punchestown now to take on the big boys.
“I’m still looking forward to next year as chasing is his game. He is progressing with every run.”