Walsh: plenty going for Hennessy favourite Djakadam

Djakadam (Ruby Walsh)

Djakadam: 11-2 for today’s Hennessy

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RUBY WALSH has plenty of faith in Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Djakadam, bidding to become the first five-year-old to win today’s race at Newbury.

The 11-2 shot has had only three runs over fences and has never tackled the 3m2½f Hennessy trip, leaving many pundits to suggest he is underpriced for one of Britain’s best handicap chases.

Walsh, however, likes his chances.

“You can pick holes in him,” the jockey said. “He’s only five, but that doesn’t concern me as Master Minded won the Champion Chase as a five-year-old.

“He’s had only three runs over fences, but Strong Flow [a Hennessy winner for Walsh in 2003] had had only four runs. You’d love Djakadam to have had another two runs over fences, but you expose yourself to the handicapper and we probably wouldn’t be here with 10st 11lb.”

Walsh, who rides the promising Djakadam for Willie Mullins and Susannah Ricci, also won the Hennessy on the brilliant Denman in 2009.

“Djakadam’s a big, massive five-year-old and I think he’s a good jumper,” he added on The Morning Line. “Mentally I’d say he’s ready. He’s always struck me as a stayer and has always been held in high regard.”

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