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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Gold Cup second Djakadam set to return next month

Posted: 2nd Nov 2015


Djakadam emerges from the fog to win the Thyestes Chase at Gowran

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) 

Mullins weighs up return date for Djakadam

DJAKADAM is on course to reappear next month after trainer Willie Mullins identified a choice of targets for last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up.

The six-year-old, who finished second to Don Cossack in the Punchestown equivalent on his last start in April, is a best-priced 12-1 with Betfair to go one better at the festival in March.

“He looks good following his summer break and will again be aimed at some of the top three-mile chases,” said Mullins. “I’d imagine he will start off in either the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown next month [December 6] or in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.”

Mullins has an embarrassment of riches in the staying chase department as he seeks a first Gold Cup victory, with last season’s festival winners Vautour and Don Poli also high up the pecking order.

In the two-mile chase division, Racing Post Arkle hero Un De Sceaux, another of the trainer’s record eight winners at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, is a general 5-4 favourite for the Champion Chase.

“He had a super first season over fences,” added the trainer. “He’s back from his break and is in great order.

“I’m not sure yet where he will start his campaign but we’ll be concentrating on the good two-mile chases and the ultimate aim is to take him back to Cheltenham in March to see if he can deliver a performance akin to what he produced in the Racing Post Arkle.”

Get the lowdown on Willie Mullins’ all-conquering squad in an unmissable stable tour in Monday’s Racing Post - download the iPad edition now

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