Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Djakadam swoops for on-song duo

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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