Djakadam is clear at the last in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase
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Djakadam, who was twice second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been retired.

The Rich Ricci-owned nine-year old, reportedly sustained a hock injury when competing in last month’s Grande Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil, last month.

In total, Djakadam contested the Cheltenham Gold Cup four times, finishing second to Coneygree, after landing the Thyestes Chase earlier in 2015. A year later, he again went close in the blue riband, when chasing home Don Cossack.

But whilst Gold Cup glory eluded him, Djakadam was twice a Grade 1 winer, in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in 2015 and 2016.

Trainer Willie Mullins said: “Djakadam came back from Auteuil with an injury. He slipped the tendon off a hock and we’ve decided to retire him.

“He was a good servant to the yard and was a very consistent performer who performed so well in many top level races.”

It is understood that the French-bred Djakadam will spend his retirement in France, with his breeder Richard Corveller.