Kilmainham comes home in front after Djakadam got rid of Ruby Walsh
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There was a dramatic conclusion to the opening www.thurlesraces.ie Maiden Hurdle with hot-pot Djakadam exiting at the last.
The French-recruit was sent off at 3/10 (from 2/5) and he did most things right – up on the pace throughout the journey.
However Ruby Walsh had to 'shake-up' Djakadam between the last two, to fend off the challenges of Kilmainham and Top Ofthe Ra.
< Djakadam took off too early at the final flight, stumbled after it and eventually dislodged Walsh, who tried desperately to keep the partnership intact.
< Kilmainham (Mark Walsh up for Francis Flood) was left to come home six and a half lengths to the good from Top Ofthe Ra.
Francis Flood, representing his father, said: "He ran okay in a couple of maiden hurdles but he was very disappointing at Leopardstown. You're always thinking Willie's are home and hosed at the last and we were saying that if we were placed that we'd be pleased.
"It's a bonus to win. We'll have to go the handicapping route with him now – he's not good enough for the novices." (TW & EM)