Mikael D'Haguenet registered just his second victory over fences in Ireland and quickly got Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins back on the scoreboard in the WT O'Grady Memorial EBF Novice Chase at Thurles.
The nine-year-old looked's career stalled somewhat after missing a year through injury, and though the engine certainly remains, he has found all manner of ways to get beaten over fences and suffered a heavy fall last time out at Limerick.
There were no alarms this time as Walsh guided the 1-2 favourite to a 12-length success.
"He did it well, he had the race in the bag going down to the last," said Walsh.
"He has a big engine but he's had enough falls, I'd say. He's still got a lot of ability, a huge amount."
Mullins was relieved after seeing Djakadam come to grief at the last in the preceding race and said: "Phew, there was better luck there. We'll try and keep him to that sort of trip now (two and a half miles).
"The Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse at Easter is a likely target. He'll be entered for all those races at Cheltenham but whether or not he goes is another day's work.
"He is a course winner at Cheltenham so we might have a run before then to make up our minds."
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