AN electric round of jumping saw Fakir D’oudairies win the Grade 1 Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, but Samcro capsized at the second last when still upsides.
Joseph O’Brien’s four-year-old was in receipt of 8lbs from his rivals and looked a natural on his chasing debut. As a result, Mark Walsh had no qualms in setting off in front on Fakir D’oudairies.
A dramatic Drinmore!— Racing TV (@RacingTV) December 1, 2019
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4-Y-O Fakir D'oudairies lands the Drinmore for @JosephOBrien2 & Mark Walsh as Samcro falls at the second-last @Fairyhouse pic.twitter.com/C135yRb5WD
Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint attempted to keep him company in the early stages but by halfway had been burned off, and Walsh continually asked for big leaps on his mount, gaining ground at every fence.
Although Samcro did not jump with the same elan, he moved up ominously on the approach to the second last with Jack Kennedy sitting motionless, while Walsh was just beginning to ask for more.
Samcro did not appear to make much of a mistake at the fence but he sprawled on landing, giving Kennedy no chance and leaving the 6/4 favourite free to come home alone.
Ronald Pump rewarded his connections’ bravery for supplementing him earlier in the week by running on for second some 22 lengths away, having been brought to a halt by a bad blunder as the pace quickened in the final half-mile.
The winner is now 4/1 favourite (from 7/1) for the Arkle with Betfair, and 10/1 from 12/1 for the JLT.