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  • 15:15 Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade A) €100,000 added 5yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner €60,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,001
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 46.20s
  • Off time: 15:19:12

Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase report: Mullins makes history with Djakadam

Last Updated: 22/01/15 5:07pm

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Djakadam cleared the last in isolation on his way to winning the Thyestes

Djakadam cleared the last in isolation on his way to winning the Thyestes

Djakadam booked his ticket for the Betfred Gold Cup and finally lived up to the hype in providing Willie Mullins with a recording-breaking sixth win in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park.

At the beginning of the season the-then five-year-old was viewed as a possible for the blue riband event at Cheltenham in March and he was set the stiff task of taking in the Hennessy Gold Cup on his first run of the season.

The theory was that if he were to develop into a top-class chaser, he had to go close in a handicap off a favourable-looking mark.

Having travelled well for a long way at Newbury he faded into eighth and many felt it was a lack of stamina that beat him. Not Mullins, though, who felt he was short of fitness.

Carrying top weight, he stamped his authority on the historic Thyestes from some way out, jumping like an old hand for Ruby Walsh despite being only six.

He became the yard's third winner in four years after On His Own in 2012 and 2014, with that horse last year going on to be controversially beaten in the Gold Cup last year, giving Mullins cause for optimism that Djakadam can now follow that path.

"It's fantastic to win the race six times. Tom Dreaper held the record and it's an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as him. It took me long enough to win my first one. On His Own won this off top weight and was only just beaten in a Gold Cup, so we'll have to think of going the same way with this horse," said Mullins.

"We always thought he could be a Gold Cup horse. It was probably an unfair question to ask him in the Hennessy on his first run of the season, but we felt he was nicely handicapped. Because of the dry autumn I was afraid to work him. Because of his weight I took the gamble. I gave him plenty of time to recover and this was the obvious choice.

"That race will take a fair bit out of him so he wouldn't run between now and Cheltenham. Whether he's strong enough this year I don't know, but he's certainly that type of individual.

"The way he travelled and jumped was great, and I don't think Ruby had a moment's worry."

Djakadam was slashed to 16/1 from 40/1 by Sky Bet for the Cheltenham Gold Cup immediately after the race and was into 14/1 by the time Gowran's meeting came to and end.

Michael Shinners, representing the Leeds-based firm, who offer Non-runner Money Back on the championship races at the Festival, said: "That was a pretty taking performance from Willie Mullins' youngster but he has more to find to trouble the big boys at Cheltenham.

"Having said that, he was winning this off a mark of 145, which is 3lb higher than On His Own 12 months ago and we all know how close he went to landing the Gold Cup."

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