The progressive Mallowney (9g Oscar-Silkaway, by Buckskin) gave Tim Doyle the biggest win of his training career at Naas on Sunday when landing the G2 Paddy Power Chase.
Davy Russell’s mount, a runaway winner of the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase on his previous run, headed the field for much of the two-mile contest at Naas and cruised to a 17-length success. His season is likely to culminate in a G1 target at Punchestown.
“I was hoping he’d do that, and it was very similar to the way he won the Dan Moore. Davy thinks he’s getting more relaxed,” Doyle told irishracing.com.
The trainer, whose wife Claire bred Mallowney, continued: “We’ll stick to our plan, and he’ll probably go to Fairyhouse for the G2 Normans Grove Chase and Punchestown for the G1 Champion Chase after that. He’s relaxing earlier in his races and Davy seems to have the key to him. He’s four wins from four races around here, and that’s his first Grade 2 win.”
Oscar is standing for €7,500 at Grange Stud in 2015.