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Joseph OÄôBrien after Fakir DÄôoudairies had won The Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Steeplechase
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Fairyhouse Sun 12019 Joseph OÄôBrien after Fakir DÄôoudairies had won The Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Steeplechase Photo.carolinenorris.ie

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Fairyhouse Sun 12019 Joseph OÄôBrien after Fakir DÄôoudairies had won The Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Steeplechase Photo.carolinenorris.ie

Fakir D'oudairies and Laurina are two of 12 entries for the Betway Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown.

Joseph O'Brien's Fakir D'oudairies was hugely impressive in winning his first two starts over fences, including a Grade One success in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse.

The JP McManus-owned five-year-old found Notebook too strong on his latest appearance at Leopardstown and while he holds two entries at the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend, connections have also given him the option of running in Britain on Saturday.

The Willie Mullins-trained Laurina is another potential Irish raider. A previous winner at Sandown over hurdles, the high-class mare was pulled up after bursting a blood vessel in the same race in which Fakir D'oudairies finished second last month.