Ruby Walsh: opened his double in the colours of Peter Garvey on JayoPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Jayo defeats jaded Made In Taipan in Naas chase
Report: Naas, Sunday
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase 2m
JAYO followed up his first chase success at Navan with a smooth success under Ruby Walsh, defeating a disappointing Made In Taipan by 16 lengths in the colours of Peter Garvey.
Always well placed by Walsh in second or third, the 6-4 second-favourite took aim for the trail-blazing Chiraaz, who was still 15 lengths clear, rounding the final bend and was pronounced the clear winner over the last despite jumping left.
The well-backed 9-10 favourite Made In Taipan had been expected to build on his Grade 1 fourth at Leopardstown last time out but made a mistake at the third and never seemed to be travelling for Davy Russell afterwards.
However, the Tom Mullins-trained seven-year-old stayed on gamely despite his clear dislike for conditions to finish second, eight lengths clear of 7-1 chance Chiraaz and the tailed-off Dalian.
Willie Mullins: will aim his winner at both the Irish and English ArklesPICTURE: Caroline Norris
The winning trainer said: "Jayo's jumping was electric, he was like a hurdler going over them today.
"I'm sure he's Arkle-bound after that, maybe the handicapper will tell me he's not up to it but otherwise he'll possibly run in both the Irish and English Arkles depending on the timing.
"I don't think the ground really bothers him at all, the way he jumps he'll go on anything."
Willie Mullins's 28th winner of the month was given quotes of 16-1 from Stan James and 20-1 from Victor Chandler for the Arkle in March.