Djakadam went into Sundays John Durkan chase at Punchestown with a very good Cheltenham Gold cup second and with "a horse with lot of potential " tag to his name. As the sun set on Sunday evening Djakadam's star was firmly in the ascendancy with a comprehensive 12 length victory in the feature race. Ruby Walsh rode a very smart tactical race making plenty of use of the stamina of Djakadam . The race itself had a strong line up but Djakadam dictated the pace and jumped superbly throughout. There was a brief worry when a loose horse fired Djakadam up but he put the race to bed in efficient manner. Valseur Lido ran with great credit in second but in truth it was all about Djakadam, for the rest of the line up it was a mixed day Gilgamboa plugged on for third after attracting money earlier in the ring and may have needed the run ,Foxrock ran very poorly and Clarcam had another day to forget. Flemenstar showed some spark but is nowhere near the horse he once was. Djakadam will go for the Lexus at Leopardstown on December 28th next for a not to be missed clash with stablemate Don Poli.
At Huntingdon Al Ferof rolled back the years with a superb display of jumping to win the Peterborough chase. The race itself was run at a frantic gallop as Wishfull Thinking set off like a 5 furlong horse. Al Ferof got into a wonderful rhythm and was always travelling strongly. Three fences from home Wishfull thinking was done for ,Al Ferof swept to the front Ptit Zig challenged briefly but was well held when crashing out at the last allowing Al Ferof to win by 40 lengths. The owner Al Ferof John Hales stated Al Ferof go for the King George on December 26th at Kempton and that this would be Al Ferofs last season of racing. It was yet another victory for one of jumps older brigade in what has been a brilliant start to the season for that vintage of horses. The race once again showcased the talent of Dan Skelton when he gets in a recruit from another stable. The 3 mile chasing division is as competitive as I can remember. it appears with ten top horses potentially in this grade we will see five in the King George and four in the Lexus.I can not think of two better late Christmas presents for jump racing's faithful, these are the best of times folks drink it in.