Willie Mullins dominated the scene in Ireland on Sunday, with a total of six winners across the Cork and Punchestown cards. Yet, bar the bumper winner at the close of play the biggest priced winner of the bunch was an even money shot. We learnt very little in terms of a couple of his stable stars. Douvan was never going to lose and in second gear motored clear of a weak G2 field. Djakadam ran well after a long break, showing once again 2M4F could be his better trip. Whilst it is no easy task consecutively winning the number of races Willie does, had he not notched four or five winners today, the master trainer would have been disappointed. The most interesting winner of the six had to be American Tom in the Beginner’s Chase at Punchestown.
Runs of The Day: Punchestown
2 35 AMERICAN TOM (W Mullins) EVS, Beg. Chase, 2M, Yielding To Soft
Those that backed American Tom will have been sweating throughout the 2 35 in Ireland. Although the EVS money favourite was far classier than every rival, he had to work hard for the win – even if it was from his own doing. He jumped most of the fences creditably, but quite alarmingly swerved way left on a number. Whilst this is not the be all and end all this early in his career, it’s a habit connections will want to iron out as quickly as possible. It can suit left handed tracks, ie. Cheltenham… and while 10/1 is a bit of an immediate reaction for the JLT, connections have only added to the hype slowly building around this novice. He ran very green at time, looking like a 2YO getting his first run at Chelmsford on a Tuesday; but is already a monster of a horse and with a couple more days at school on the race track could prove to be another classy animal for the Mullins stable.