Djakadam Makes All To Take Gowran Opener

Sat 16th Feb 2013, 14:56

Djakadam & Paul Townend clear the last on their way to victory
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By Donal Murphy
Djakadam got Red Mills Day at Gowran off to the perfect start for punters as he took the opening contest, the Shantou at Burgage Stud 4yo Maiden Hurdle.

Trained by Willie Mullins, the French import unseated after the last when leading on his Irish debut at Thurles last month.

Sent off the 4/7 favourite (opened at 10/11 with Paddy Powers this morning) to make amends today, he made all under Paul Townend and went clear before the last to record a comfortable fourteen length victory.

Ibsen finished second yet again at 4/1 under David Splaine for John Murphy while Welsh Nayber was a further six lengths back in third at 5/1 under David Crosse for Brendan Duke.

Willie Mullins said afterwards: "He did everything well and he is a nice chaser in the making.

"He won’t be going to Cheltenham, he will be kept at home and we will concentrate on chasing with him.”

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

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