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Cheltenham Festival | WEEKEND REVIEW: Ascot hero Fakir D’oudairies shortens to 10/1 for Ryanair

A shake-up in the Cheltenham Festival betting picture with two Saturday winners moving into Prestbury Park favourtism

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Joseph O’Brien’s English invasion paid dividends as his National Hunt star Fakir D’oudairies landed the Grade 1 Ascot Chase in Berkshire on Saturday afternoon, remaining a sizeable 14/1 in some places for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 7-year-old finished second in last year’s renewal behind Allaho, who has beat him twice already this campaign, but he has solid Prestbury Park form and looks a huge each-way punt should he be back on the ferry in March.

Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O’Brien’s Fakir D’oudairies has course form of 1422 at Cheltenham

Elsewhere on the card, Does He Know moved into favourtism for the Ultima as he surged to a 14-length demolition job in the Reynoldstown under David Bass for trainer Kim Bailey, with connections bidding to go one better in this race than last year.

WATCH: DOES HE KNOW IS A 3-TIME WINNER AT CHELTENHAM AND HE FAVOURITE FOR THE ULTIMA [CREDIT: RACING TV]

There hasn't been an Irish winner of the race since 2007 as Bailey chases his second win at the Festival in three years.

At Haydock Park, Porticello easily returned at odds of 10/300 but didn't make a sufficient dent in the Irish contenders for the Triumph, remaining fourth in the market but shortening a notch to 12/1.

Cheltenham winner Hillcrest may also feature on the Friday at the Festival after his bloodless win in Lancashire, meaning he has now won his last 5 when remaining on his feet.

WATCH: HILLCREST ENHANCES HIS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL CREDENTIALS AT HAYDOCK [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Meanwhile, the Champion Hurdle took a slight twinge as Gordon Elliot's impressive Teahupoo scored for the third time this campaign at Gowran Park to become a general 10/1 shot for Tuesday's championship contest.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 16, 2021 Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle before winning the 3.05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele
At 4/6, Honeysuckle is the shortest-priced favourite of the week as she bids to retain her Champion Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham Festival

Greatwood Hurdle second Adagio remains unaltered at 16/1 after a creditable second to Goshen in the Kingwell at Wincanton.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.