Racing Post Novice Chase
Grade 1, Leopardstown 14:20
€90,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 1f, Class 1  
Thursday 26th December 2019

Joseph O'Brien's Fakir D'Oudairies, coasted to a 22-length victory in the Drinmore Novice Chase on December 1, after market rival Samcro had fallen when upsides two out.

O'Brien still has a choice of Grade One assignments on St Stephen's Day for Fakir D'oudairies - who has entries in both Leopardstown's Racing Post Novice Chase and the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase at Limerick.

The latter is over almost two and a half miles - the same distance as the Drinmore - but at a Christmas Festival launch, O'Brien indicated Leopardstown's two-mile one-furlong race is prominent in his plans.

He said: "Every horse of mine that has run well for the past few weeks will head to Leopardstown this Christmas - it's hard to win there, but we will give it a go and will hopefully have a strong team representing us.

Wherever Fakir D'oudairies appears next, O'Brien expects his jumping to be a huge asset - as it was at Fairyhouse.

The County Kilkenny trainer added: "Fakir D'oudairies is a fantastic, very natural jumper who attacks his fences.

"He takes lengths out of other horses at his fences, and he is a very exciting horse and will have no problem dropping back to two miles.

"He is only four, so we won't be stretching him any further than 2m4f for the time being.

"He is not a big horse but loves racing, and every day he wants to please in his work and schooling and in everything he does.

"It is a pity Samcro went out the way he did, because it looked like it was shaping up to be a fantastic race. That is racing, and they have to jump them, and we're delighted to come out on top this time."

Racing Post Novice Steeplechase
2m 1f, Race Value: €90,000, Grade 1
16 entries

1 43-427 Bapaume 6 11-12 W P Mullins
2 2/14- Breaken 5 11-12 W P Mullins
3 17-2 Capuccimix 6 11-12 Henry De Bromhead
4 /125-1 Cash Back 7 11-12 W P Mullins
5 -3311F Djingle 6 11-12 John Queally
6 79-212 Due Reward 6 11-12 Henry De Bromhead
7 U6-214 Eclair De Beaufeu 5 11-12 Gordon Elliott
8 61F-3F I'm A Game Changer 7 11-12 Gordon Elliott
9 2F7-02 Melon 7 11-12 W P Mullins
10 202-11 Notebook 6 11-12 Henry De Bromhead
11 111P-1 Royal Rendezvous 7 11-12 W P Mullins
12 225-1F Samcro 7 11-12 Gordon Elliott
13 /1P4-1 Tornado Flyer 6 11-12 W P Mullins
14 7034-5 Valdieu 6 11-12 Noel Meade
15 422-11 Fakir D'Oudairies 4 11-5 Joseph O'Brien
16 /114-1 Laurina 6 11-5 W P Mullins