DONERAILE, Mallow trainer John Joe Walsh, made the best possible to the opening two-day meeting at Cork racecourse mallow on Saturday last, where he landed substantial support 7/1 to 3/1fav, with his 5-year old sprinter Apache Gold in the opening 6f apprentice handicap under a splendid drive by 19-year old apprentice Damian Melia from Monasteravin, Co Kildare.
Breaking fast he made every yard of the running and kept on well for a well merited two-length win from September Lily.
"The rain came in time for him and the ground suited him well, he will next run in the all weather explained the delighted trainer.
He is owned by the Ballintlea Syndicate headed by Michael Duane from Doneraile who bred him, along with Kanturk natives Eddie Thornton and Pat Dennehy, Doneraile native Paudie Murphy, John and Dermot Kiely from Waterford, and Dublin natives Michael Travers and Paddy Meighan.
"To win on home turf today means as much to us all, as JP McManus winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, to see our red and white colours passing the post in front gave us immense pleasure," the delighted breeder said.
"My father Ger Duane always loved this horse which was his pride and joy, he is currently in hospital in mallow, and this will be a tremendous boost to him."
The next meeting at Cork Racecourse Mallow is on Sunday November 3.
Meanwhile, last Sunday at Punchestown races, Conna amateur's John Barry and Johnny Burke were both victorious.
Barry excelled on 14/1 chance Too Late to Sell, for Grangecon co Wicklow trainer Francis Flood winning by 10 lengths from Bendala bleu, while Burke was superb on 16/1 chance Neck or Nothing for Nenagh trainer Tom Hogan, in the bumper winning by 3 lengths from Flaming Dawn.
At this same meeting Davy Russell was in double winning form, on Aoahe Stronghold, 5/4 favourite, for noel Meade, and Bonisland for Gordon Elliott in the beginners chase.