Market leader Djakadam all set for Hennessy Gold Cup

Willie Mullins - Cheltenham - 12/3/2012

Willie Mullins: trains Djakadam for Susannah Ricci

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PROMISING chaser Djakadam, who on Friday was “seriously well backed” for the Hennessy Gold Cup, is on course for the Newbury showpiece in which he will bid to become the first five-year-old winner of the race.

Owned by Susannah Ricci and trained by Willie Mullins, the French-bred youngster was two from two over fences last season before falling when going well in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

He heads the betting for next Saturday’s Hennessy and his price shortened on Friday with Betfred and William Hill going 5-1 and 11-2 (from 7).

Mullins, who saddled Be My Royal to win the race in 2002 only for him to be subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance, is pleased with how Djakadam is shaping up.

“All is going to plan with him for Newbury and he’s in good order, with both his work and schooling going very well,” the champion trainer wrote in his column in Saturday’s Racing Post.

“The plan is to head across the water.”

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