Fakir D’oudairies was a very good Clonmel Oil Chase winner for Joseph O’Brien and Mark Walsh.
Passing on the racing condition to his rivals, the class of the 5-4 favorite nevertheless shone.
He faced the top two at home from Galway Plate in the pair of Willie Mullins of Royal Rendezvous and Easy Game, as well as Gordon Elliott’s skilled Hardline.
There was very little in the official figures for all four riders, and fitness could have been an issue on the test field.
But Fakir D’oudairies was a Grade One winner at Aintree last season, as well as finishing second in the Ryanair Chase, and while the handicapper only had 4 pounds separating the favorite from the two Mullins runners, Walsh was always in total control. about the six-year-old.
After taking the lead of Royal Rendezvous to the penultimate, Walsh gave his mount an inch of bridle and he flew off, coming clear to win by 15 lengths.
Owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: “It was a good performance, he loves that terrain and you couldn’t ask for better because the other horses have been in good shape since the summer. He handles these conditions which is a benefit.
“He was in good shape today, but I hope he will improve.”
He added: “This or the John Durkan Chase were the only races he could participate in and rather than going for Durkan, this gives him a little more time for Christmas now. He will have an entry in King George and the Savills Chase in the Christmas time.
“You could just be happy with him and we are happy.”
Paddy Power cut the winner to 14-1 from 20-1 for King George in Kempton on Boxing Day.