Looking through the form for Punchestown today I was struck by how consistent Fakir d’Oudaries is. Bar his 4th in the Supreme as a 4yo (likely would have run in the Triumph but for Sir Erec) and a PU in the Savills when he probably had the lurgy, he hasn’t been out of the places in 14 starts for JOB, including win or placed efforts in 8 grade 1s. Ok his win in the Melling was essentially a G2 but he finished well there and also up the hill in the Ryanair (again flattered by running past horses battered by Allaho but still). He’s only 6 so I can see why they resisted stepping him up to 3 miles before now, but his pedigree seems OK (same sire as Clan des Obeaux and same damsire as a few decent stayers). I’m backing him today and for this.
I haven’t heard any immediate plans as yet, but Eklat De Rire would interest me at 66s. Proper stayer and generally jumps well. Henry obviously is well stocked in the GC department, but i can’t see where else he goes, bar a National.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!