Saturday 24 September 2016

Djakadam required stitches after fall but Cheltenham Gold Cup dream is still alive

Published 31/01/2016 | 16:45

Ruby Walsh riding Djakadam (L) before falling in The BetBright Trial Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse
Ruby Walsh riding Djakadam (L) before falling in The BetBright Trial Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse

Djakadam will not run again before the Timico Gold Cup after sustaining a cut when falling at Cheltenham on Saturday.

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Willie Mullins' charge was sent off the 5-6 favourite for the Grade Two event in what supposed to be his prep run for another tilt at the blue riband in March, where he was second to Coneygree 12 months ago.

He was still travelling well when he crashed out at the 10th fence, with the cut requiring stitches.

Mullins said: "Djakadam had a few stitches put in at the top of his chest and will be just walking for a few days. As long as the stitches hold he will be fine and he did plenty of walking this morning.

"The vet had to give him an injection which rules out running again before Cheltenham.

"I think I've enough time (for Cheltenham) providing the cut doesn't get infected."

Djakadam's fall was just one of a number of disappointments for Mullins on the day, with Shaneshill and Up For Review both well beaten at Doncaster.

He said: "I was not happy with all the horses at Doncaster and I'd say they picked up a bit of a chill on the ferry. I thought they ran too bad to be true and it was just not their running.

"Paul (Townend) said he was flat out all the way on Shaneshill (in the Lightning Novices' Chase) and he will go up in trip next time.

"Morning Run is probably not back to herself yet this season, while Up For Review was beaten too far out. I would not be writing off Cheltenham with him yet."

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