Racing fans were denied an intriguing finish as Samcro fell when challenging Fakir D’Oudairies in the Grade One Baroneracing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.
Five contested this important 2 ½ mile race, with all eyes on Samcro.
As the tapes went up, it was the Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint who led with Fakir D’oudairies, with Samcro right behind them.
The four year-old, Fakir D’oudairies joined Burrows Saint at the second and Samcro raced a length behind them, with Chef Des Obeaux and Ronald Pump not far behind.
With a circuit to race, Burrows Saint just shaded Dakir D’oudairies and out-jumped his rival at the fourth, with Samcro racing to their outside.
Fakir D’ourdairies moved narrowly into the lead with seven left, as Burrows Saint his a flat spot – and the leader moved a couple of lengths clear of Samcro, with a three length break to the other trio.
Fakir D’Oudaries stood off the fifth last and jumped in spectacular style, but Samcro closed.
Four out and Ronald Pump, who was going well, made a bad error.
Fakir D’Oudaries took the third last well, but Samcro breezed alongside on the home turn, as they drew clear of their rivals.
At the second last, Samcro fell, just as he drew alongside Fakir D’Oudaries.
That left Fakir D’Oudairies well clear and a good jump at the last saw Mark Walsh ease his mount down for a wide-margin win.
Ronald Pump came home a remote second, with Burrows Saint in third.
Samcro got up fine afterwards, while Fakir D’Oudaries was giving trainer Joseph O’Brien a big race double.