Walsh happy with Djakadam return

Ruby Walsh declared himself to be happy with Djakadam's winning return in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday.

Djakadam jumps the last to win the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old won by a length and quarter and the same from Outlander and Sub Lieutenant on his seasonal reappearance.

Djakadam was rated 13lbs and 11lbs superior to the pair that chased him home and Walsh admitted that the result was expected.

"I suppose on ratings he was entitled to win but he didn't do anything that we didn't think he was capable of doing," he said.

"It was a good performance. He jumped really well in the main, he made one mistake at the bottom of the hill but he just got a little bit tired but he quickened up well going to the second last.

"He probably didn't have the real hard fitness so the others got a little bit closer than maybe the handicapper suggested they should have but it was a good performance and any day you win a Grade One you'll take it."

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Mullins has sent out 16 winners in Ireland already in December and two that impressed Walsh were Pravalaguna and Crack Mome.

"Crack Mome does things nicely at home," he added in his interview on Racing UK.

"He gave the runner-up plenty of weight. He was quite green but he jumped really well and we were delighted with his performance."

Pravalaguna won by five lengths at Navan and Walsh believes that there's more to come from the daughter of leading French stallion Great Pretender.

"She was quite keen, again she only had one run in France, and she probably lacks a bit of experience but I was taken with the way she quickened up out of the back of the second last and she galloped all the way to the line over two and a half.

"I couldn't see any reason why she shouldn't be able to drop back in trip the way she went through the race."

Walsh wouldn't be drawn where he would be riding this weekend or whether Yorkhill would make his eagerly awaited reappearance but he did comment: "I schooled him this week, he jumped super and he's in great form.

"He's in really good order and ready to go."

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