An electric round of jumping saw Fakir D'oudairies win the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse - where Samcro capsized at the second last when still upsides.

Joseph O'Brien's four-year-old was in receipt of 8lb from his rivals and looked a natural on his chasing debut. As a result, Mark Walsh had no qualms in setting off in front on Fakir D'oudairies.

Irish National winner Burrows Saint attempted to keep him company in the early stages but by halfway had been burned off - and Walsh continually asked for big leaps on his mount, gaining ground at every fence.

While Samcro did not jump with the same elan, he moved up ominously on the approach to the second last - with Jack Kennedy sat motionless, while Walsh was just beginning to ask for more.

Samcro did not appear to make much of a mistake at the fence but he sprawled on landing, giving Kennedy no chance and leaving the 6-4 favourite free to come home alone.

Romald Pump rewarded his connections' bravery for supplementing him earlier in the week by running on for second some 22 lengths away, having been brought to a halt by a bad blunder as the pace quickened in the final half mile.

The winner is now 4-1 favourite (from 7s) for the Arkle with Betfair, and 10-1 from 12s for the JLT.

Envoi Allen (L), with Davy Russell up, jumps the last alongside Abacadabras, under Jack Kennedy 

In the day's first Group One, Envoi Allen maintained the perfect start to his career with a smart display to beat stablemate Abacadabras in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.

Winner of the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last season, Gordon Elliott's five-year-old had also since scored on his hurdling debut at Down Royal.

Davy Russell dominated from the front on him that day, and set out to do the same again, but Mark Walsh on Joseph O'Brien's Embittered was keen to not give him an easy lead.

Envoi Allen jumped fluently for the most part - and turning into the straight, Russell put his foot to the floor and soon had most of the others in trouble.

On the run to the last, Abacadabras emerged as the chief threat - and Elliott had repeatedly stated prior to the race that of the two Abacadabras might be the quicker horse.

However, Envoi Allen got away from the last much quicker and the 8-11 favourite pulled away to win by a length and a half.

Gavin Cromwell's Darver Star was two and a half lengths away in third.

The winner was even given a quote of 8-1 for the Champion Hurdle by Paddy Power, with the same firm making him 2-1 for the Ballymore and 5-2 for the Supreme.