MARK Enright of Castlemahon continued his bright start to the new Flat season when partnering A Shin Undine to win the opening division of the nine-furlong handicap at Gowran Park, Kilkenny.
While it was a first success of the term for trainer Denise Foster, Enright brought his tally to five winners as the Never Give Up Syndicate-owned 15/2 chance dug deep to get the better of a sustained duel with Harry Rogers’ Narlita by a nose.
At the weekend, Enright landed his second winner of the week as the Fozzy Stack-trained Parting Glass won the five-furlong maiden at Navan on Saturday. The 9/4 favourite, owned by the trainer’s mother Liz, was always up with the pace and he led inside the final furlong to beat 5/2 chance Daisy Jones, trained on the Curragh by Takashi Kodama, by a length and a half.
Charles Byrnes and his son Philip were among the winners at Clonmel on Thursday where Evesham Road won the two-mile three-furlong maiden hurdle in convincing fashion.
Owned by John Lane, the well-supported 5/1 chance looked well in control when he took up the running before the second-last hurdle and he had plenty in hand in beating the Matthew Smith-trained Napper Tandy by a length and a half.
Athea’s Eoin McCarthy and Newcastle West conditional Gary Noonan were next into the winners’ enclosure as Rathnaleen Kal took the opening division of the handicap hurdle over the same distance. The John Moylan-owned 9/1 chance led at the second-last hurdle and held off the late rally of Gavin Cromwell’s Reflectionist to score by half a length.