Djakadam’s striking return to action in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on Sunday was the pick of last week’s action and highlighted that the staying chasing division in Ireland is stronger than it has been for a long time.

Any thoughts that Djakadam, the runner-up in last season’s Gold Cup, would be vulnerable over two and a half miles on his reappearance were dispelled. The Willie Mullins-trained horse made most of the running, jumped superbly and brushed aside stablemate Valseur Lido to win by a dozen lengths.