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Tuesday 17 October 2017

The Punt: D for Djakadam

It should be third time lucky for the Mullins horse as Irish can finish Festival on a high

Djakadam can give Willie Mullins his first win in the Gold Cup. pic: racingpost.com
Djakadam can give Willie Mullins his first win in the Gold Cup. pic: racingpost.com

Willie Mullins has been nothing but helpful to the swarms of press hanging on his every word since Tuesday.

And after two blank days to start the Cheltenham Festival, it was clear to see the weight lifted even after one winner yesterday.

All the time, though, he has made no secret of Djakadam's wellbeing ahead of the Gold Cup today and that, along with the incredible day for the stable yesterday, is reassuring for all.

"He's in great form and I've been telling anyone that has asked me that and I couldn't be happier with him," said Mullins.

Ruby Walsh went on: "Willie is very happy with the horse and he goes into the race with the best form of them all."

It looks very much like it could be third time lucky for the eight-year-old who looks to be the perfect age and candidate to win a Gold Cup which is obviously missing a few high-profile stars.

Master Blueyes can be a good each-way punt in the opening Triumph Hurdle but Defi De Sueil looks the best horse in the race and should give JP McManus another winner here this week.

Memorable

Jamie Codd will be looking to cap a very memorable week, again in the green and gold colours of McManus, when On The Fringe aims to win the Foxhunters for a third year in a row.

Codd's first two winners of the week came for Gordon Elliott and the trainer looks to have the best chance of the day with Mick Jazz in the County Hurdle.

The stand-out piece of form for Mick Jazz has to be his run behind Labaik at Navan when he was 12/1 but looked all over the winner before his grey stable companion came and done him close to home. That form was fairly franked on Tuesday.

When with Harry Fry he ran at Newbury and finished second to Top Notch who didn't do the form any harm on Thursday and even if you go to his last run, Mick Jazz beat Cilaos Emery who ran well in the Supreme Novices' on Tuesday.

It's rock solid and obviously it's a truly competitive race, but he shouldn't be double figures.

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