Djakadam gives Willie Mullins his sixth success in the Goffs Thyestes ChasePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
Mullins gains historic victory with Djakadam
Report: Gowran Park, Thursday
Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase 3m1f, 5yo+
DJAKADAM put Willie Mullins out on his own as the most successful trainer in Thyestes Chase history after lugging top weight to a memorable victory.
Taking his trainer's tally in the Gowran Park feature to six - one more than Tom Dreaper - Djakadam (9-2) gave rider Ruby Walsh his first win in the race after producing a polished round of jumping.
Sent off favourite for the Hennessy Gold Cup last time, Djakadam could manage only eighth at Newbury and punters preferred the chances of Gallant Oscar, who was sent off market leader following a late plunge.
However, the six-year-old gave his supporters little to worry about as he tracked longtime leader Sadler'sflaure before taking up the running turning for home.
The Job Is Right clung to his coattails but while Mark Enright was working away, Walsh looked a picture of calm as his mount extended his advantage over the second-last.
A crashing last-fence fall by The Job Is Right handed second to My Murphy (12-1), while Goonyella (8-1) and 3-1 favourite Gallant Oscar completed the frame.
After proving his stamina over the 3m1f trip, Djakadam was initially cut to 20-1 (from 40) by sponsors Betfred for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but the firm went 14-1 after Mullins pointed the way to the big race.
The trainer said: "We always thought Djakadam could be a Gold Cup horse and after that performance I'd imagine he will go for it.
"It was some effort with 11st 10lb on very testing ground even though we thought he was well handicapped. There should be more improvement to come between now and March and I'd say it's unlikely he'll run again before them."
"On His Own won this for us last year and he was beaten only a short head in the Gold Cup."
Walsh added: "It's my first Thyestes win and Willie made it easy for me by running only one in the race. I picked the wrong one of his on one occasion and missed a few of his other wins in the race due to injury.
"Djakadam jumped and travelled super. They went a proper gallop and he was hacking all the way. It was some performance for a six-year-old with such a big weight."