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Gowran Park Christmas Gift Vouchers 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle 2m

  • (3yo, 2m, 6 runners)
  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 18.60s
  • Off time: 12:38:00
  • Last Updated: November 24 2012, 16:21 GMT

Diakali earned quotes for Cheltenham when impressing in the Gowran Park Christmas Gift Vouchers 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

Willie Mullins: Trains Diakali
Willie Mullins: Trains Diakali

A broken stirrup leather caused the race to go off eight minutes late but it proved no inconvenience to the French import.

Trained by Willie Mullins, the juvenile was always travelling best and wasn't extended to score by 12 lengths under Paul Townend in the two mile contest.

It was a second win in four years in the contest for Mullins whose 2009 winner Doctor Deejay went on to finish tenth behind Sanctuaire at Prestbury Park in a strong renewal of the Fred Winter.

Diakali was bred at the Aga Khan's stud in France and is related to three winners while his dam, Diasilixa, was unbeaten in three starts, including a Group Three.

The son of Sinndar changed hands at the Arqana Sales in July with Mullins going to 160,000 euros to acquire the grey.

"A brand new stirrup leather broke at the start and that caused the delay (race went off eight minutes late). The metal part broke," said Mullins.

"He hurdled very well for his first time and hopefully there will be nice improvement in him. He did it nicely and we will be looking to up him in grade now."

Sky Bet introduced Diakali into the betting for the Triumph Hurdle at 16-1; Mullins last took the juvenile prize with Scolardy in 2002.

Mullins suffered a rare reverse when Call The Police lost out to Hidden Cyclone but did complete a treble on the card courtesy of Reine Angevine and Aupcharlie.

Townend enjoyed another easy success on Reine Angevine, the French-bred filly coasting by six lengths in the Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Novice Hurdle.

"She is improving all the time," said Mullins.

"After she won the last day I thought she needed good ground but she did a piece of work on heavy ground during the week and I couldn't believe how well she worked.

"She will be kept to mares' races now."

Andrew Lynch completed the Mullins trio when guiding the Ann and Alan Potts-owned Aupcharlie to an 11-length triumph in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners' Chase.


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