It seems that locally-trained horses are winning practically left, right and centre at present and Mooncoin-based handler Eoin Doyle kept his many supporters happy by sending out the admirable Days Ahead to collect the Goresbridge Handicap over a mile and a half at Gowran Park’s all-flat card on Wednesday of last week.
Days Ahead, owned by Doyle’s mother Pauline, made smooth progress from the rear of mid-division for the in-form Joseph O’Brien to dispute the running on entering the final furlong and the victorious six-year-old duly asserted as the line approached to deny Mahrajaan by a half-length. An extremely versatile sort, Days Ahead will now revert to fences at the forthcoming Listowel festival.
Knockeen handler Henry de Bromhead got in on the act at Clonmel on Thursday by saddling the former point-to-pointer Tisamystery to record a well-supported success with talented seven lb claiming Butlerstown amateur rider Paul Power in the closing Mylerstown Maiden Hurdle.
The five-year-old Tisamystery, who was supported from 4/1 in the morning into 13/8, always occupied a prominent position and he readily dug deep from the penultimate flight to contain the consistent Super Cloud by two and a half lengths. Tisamystery is owned by John Byrne, a Kerry native that’s based in Dublin and it was his late father that owned Paddy Sleator’s 1960 Champion Hurdle winner Another Flash.