Friday 15 December 2017

Djakadam swoops for on-song duo

Ruby Walsh (left) and Willie Mullins combined again for victory
Ruby Walsh (left) and Willie Mullins combined again for victory

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh continued their fantastic week as Djakadam justified cramped odds with an all-the-way victory at Limerick.

The top trainer and jockey respectively at the Cheltenham Festival, the latest Mullins and Walsh representative was a 1-6 favourite after he bolted up on his second start in Ireland at Gowran Park a month ago.

Walsh kept things simple in the Limerick Races Congratulate World Hurdle Winner Solwhit Hurdle, bouncing out in front from flag-fall, and had most of his rivals cooked a long way from home.

Courage, a long way behind Djakadam at Gowran Park, made more of a race of it on this occasion, but was still seven lengths behind at the line.

Walsh said: "He beat Courage plenty far the last day, so he was entitled to do it again. He can't do any more than win, I suppose. I'd imagine he'll step up in class now. He was bought to be a chaser and that's what he will do."

Unoccupied ran out a wide-margin winner of the Newton Abbot Racecourse Handicap Hurdle for Edward O'Grady and Mark Enright.

A 6-1 shot following a disappointing performance at Naas three weeks ago, the seven-year-old pulled right away in the home straight, safely negotiating the final couple of obstacles to seal a 12-length verdict.

The Charles Byrnes-trained Whiskey Hall was a heavily-backed 2-1 favourite on his first start since finishing second in this race a year ago, but once again had to make do with the runner-up spot.

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