Champion trainer Willie Mullins chats to Tracy Piggott after his record breaking sixth win in the Goffs Thyestes Chase in Gowran Park. Photo: Pat Moore.
Local trainer Willie Mullins made history at Gowran Park yesterday, winning the Goffs Thyestes Chase for the sixth time when Ruby Walsh finished eight lengths clear on 9/2 favourite Djakadam.
Over 6,000 people witnessed that glorious moment in the highlight event of Gowran Park’s calendar year, in spite of the dense fog that just refused to lift.
The victory sees Mullins become top trainer at Gowran Park, beating Tom Dreaper’s five-win record, with which he tied last year. It was also Ruby Walsh’s first Thyestes win.
The John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle, a €40,000 race, was won by Dedigout, ridden by Bryan Cooper and trained by Tony Martin. John J Walsh’s Cliff House won the Langton’s House Hotel Maiden Hurdle.
Meanwhile, Carlow woman Faith Amond was named Most Stylish Lady on the day, with the competition judged by model and Kilkenny native Karen Fitzpatrick. Her elegant ensemble comprised a stunning Philip Treacy black hat and Louise Kennedy black and gold coat, with a black stoal fur.
It was matched with a Fendi bag, black leather Moschino gloves, a long pearl necklace and pearl earrings. She received a luxury €1,500 Kilkenny city shopping & leisure prize comprising a €500 voucher for MacDonagh Junction, a €500 voucher for Lorimat jewellers and a €500 dine and stay package for the Pembroke Hotel.