Djakadam takes Killiney spoils at Leopardstown

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Djakadam takes Killiney spoils at Leopardstown

Djakadam (far side): Claimed Grade Two honours

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Djakadam completed a good few minutes for owner Rich Ricci and trainer Willie Mullins by winning the Boylesports Killiney Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Just moments after star mare Annie Power stretched her unbeaten record to 10 at Doncaster, the five-year-old maintained his unbeaten record over fences by getting the better of Bright New Dawn.

Dessie Hughes' Bright New Dawn appeared to be holding the upper hand as the pair turned into the straight with Bryan Cooper less active in the saddle than Paul Townend.

However, as Djakadam (6-4 favourite) is only a five-year-old he was getting 11lb off his rivals and it told close home.

Mullins said of his four-length winner: "We'll look at the JLT at Cheltenham.

"He really loves his jumping. I'm not sure if Paul was doing the right thing as he was making lengths at fences down the back and kept pulling him back, but Paul was the man on board out there and did what he thought was the right thing.

"For his second run over fences I thought it was a fantastic effort.

"He really gallops and jumps and it's hard to find good ones like that."

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