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Gowran goal for Djakadam

Beaten Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Djakadam is set to tackle next month's Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran.

A huge gamble for the Newbury showpiece, Willie Mullins' youngster travelled well for a long way before fading into eighth behind Many Clouds.

That was only the five-year-old's fourth run over fences and Mullins still believes he has a very well handicapped horse on his hands.

"When you look at the kind of handicap rating Djakadam has, then I imagine the Thyestes is the race we should go for," he told Irish Horse TV.

Mullins has won Gowran's feature race for the last two years with Graham Wylie's On His Own.

He defied a big weight to win last season before going on to be narrowly beaten in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and is now 20lb higher in the handicap, meaning he is unlikely to bid for the hat-trick.

"I imagine On His Own will run in the Lexus but he carried a big weight in it last year," said Mullins.


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