Fakir D’oudairies
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Fakir D’oudairies jumped fluently to beat Melon in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan.

Thirteen took part in this race over two miles and a furlong, with Champion Hurdle runner-up Melon, making his chasing bow.

Caravation was the early leader, with Fakir D’oudairies and Melon for company and this trio headed out on the final circuit virtually racing in a line.

Heading down the back, the four year-old Fakir D’oudairies went on from Melon.

Fakir D’oudairies moved four lengths clear of Melon at the fourth last, with I’m A Game Changer next.

The leader turned for home with Melon closing slightly and both took the third last well, with I’m A Game Changer still in touch.

Racing to the second last Melon was within two lengths but Fakir D’oudairies still travelled well heading to the last and quickened.

The leader took the last well and comfortably held Melon to win by a couple of lengths, with I’m A Game Changer third.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Fakir D’oudairies had been a smart juvenile hurdler and made use of his chasing experience in France.

It was a big race double for jockey Mark Walsh, who had earlier ridden Ballyoisin to victory.