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Sunday 28 December 2014

Facile success for Mullins' Diakali

Willie Mullins' Diakali won by 28 lengths at Punchestown
Willie Mullins' Diakali won by 28 lengths at Punchestown

The Willie Mullins-trained Diakali never saw another rival as he turned the Visit punchestown.com For All Your Offers Juvenile Hurdle into a procession.

Sent off the 1-2 favourite in the four-runner field for the Grade Three test, Paul Townend had no hesitation in grabbing the lead early.

Only Flaxen Flare could go the gallop down the back straight, but even he was left toiling on the turn for home and Townend was afforded an easy passage up the home straight, coming 28 lengths clear.

Mullins was left eyeing a crack at the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham after the success.

The trainer told At The Races: "It's hard for a horse on only his second start to be making all the running around here.

"Paul just asked him after the second-last to go again and that's what he did - but if you're going to compete in the Triumph, you've got to do that.

"This fellow's good enough to take his chance (in the Triumph). He's got huge reserves of stamina and will just gallop away."

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