Nash strikes Gold with bonus winner

Tue 14th Jan 2020, 15:28

photoMoyode Gold (left) jumps the last ahead of runner-up Arbor Vitae
©© Photo Healy Racing
By Tom Weekes
James Nash ended a year-long spell without a winner in November and today notched a sixth success in six weeks since at Fairyhouse, as his Moyode Gold landed the Discounts @ fairyhouse.ie (Mares) Maiden Hurdle under the trainer's retained 7lbs claimer Gavin Brouder.

Nash, who rode Florida Pearl to win his bumper when first-choice amateur jockey to Willie Mullins, endured a frustrating spell for much of 2019 but ended well with three winners in the closing weeks and today bagged a second success for 2020 with Moyode Gold, a daughter of Gold Well, which won well by six lengths from Arbor Vitae.

Nash later stated “she had been schooling over hurdles and fences and is naturally a very good jumper so I couldn't believe she fell here (on New Year's Day), I suppose any horse can fall.

“Aine (O'Connor) rode her a couple of times in bumpers and she was just too slow. Today again she came off the bridle turning in but the farther she'll go the better she's going to be.

“She's a grand mare and works better at home than a few of the other mares that have won.

“I was surprised she didn't run better in a bumper but obviously she just wants a proper trip and something to jump. She's something to look forward to hopefully.

“The young lad is still going well with that 7lb and it was for very important owners, the wife and and the mother-in-law. She also got a five grand bonus there for fillies so it was a good day out.”

Quotes from Gary Carson

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