Curragh trainer James Nash had gone over a year without a winner at the end of November, but he is enjoying a purple patch at the moment, writes Justin O'Hanlon.
After nearly saddling a double at Fairyhouse on Saturday, he carded his fifth winner of the season back at the track on Tuesday when Moyode Gold, owned by his wife Sarah and his mother-in-law Pauline Gavin, landed the mares maiden hurdle.
Nash has also enjoying a good partnership with claimer Gavin Brouder, the duo teaming up successfully for the fourth time this winter.
The daughter of Gold Well appreciated the very testing underfoot conditions as she came from off the pace to collar front-runner Arbor Vitae after the last for a six-length success.
After Nash waited and watched to make sure Brouder weighed in, he commented: “She fell here before. I couldn't believe it because she had schooled so well over hurdles and fences, I suppose any horse can fall, but she's a very good and natural jumper.”
He added: “She was just too slow for bumpers but she's a grand mare. The further she goes the better she'll be and she works better at home than a couple of mares that have won races.
"She just wants a proper trip and something to jump. Things are going well and the rider is doing well for us with that 7lb claim and he's doing well for some very important owners, the wife and the mother-in-law! It's been a good day out!”
Willie Mullins only had a couple of runners on the card, and the performance of the Ronnie Bartlett-owned Stattler in the concluding bumper is a portent of good things to come.
In the hands of Patrick Mullins, the Stowaway newcomer stayed on strongly in the last furlong to score by six-and-a-half lengths from Jimmy Jimmy and Ultima Thule.
Mullins is entertaining the owner and a group of his friends next week on the run-up to the Thyestes meeting at Gowran Park, and he commented: “I was very happy that racing was not called off as I wanted these conditions for this horse. He's a staying chaser down the line.
"I don't know where we will go with him, whether it's a winner's bumper or go hurdling this year and chasing next year. But he's an out-and-out jumping horse and not a bumper horse.”
He added: “He wants further than two, but while you think Stowaways are stayers, they are horses that are well able to gallop for two miles or even two-and-a-half. He has schooled well though and he looks to be the right type in the making.”