Footpad and Ruby Walsh chasing redemption at Leopardstown
After spending yesterday in Limerick, Ruby Walsh is back in Leopardstown today to renew his partnership with Willie Mullins' flying machine Footpad as both go on the redemption trail.
Footpad was touted as the biggest threat to reigning Champion Chase hero Altior until he fluffed his lines on his seasonal return when the horse sent his rider crashing to earth at the final fence in Naas last month.
The six-year-old suffered a minor injury from his Naas setback but Mullins is happy with his progress since then and the Closutton supremo aims two darts at the Paddy's Rewards Club 'Sugar Paddy' Handicap Chase as stablemate Great Field is also in the line-up.
However, it's Footpad that is certain to start favourite and Walsh will be hoping to avoid a repeat of yesterday when his partner in the big race at Limerick, Getabird, made a last-fence error and the pair had to settle for the runner-up spot behind the Gordon Elliott-trained Hardline.
Walsh has four other booked mounts at the Foxrock venue, including Livelovelaugh in the €110,000 Paddy Power Handicap Chase.
The Noel Meade-trained De Name Escapes Me, owned by JP McManus, is likely to go off favourite for that 28-runner contest.
McManus suffered a rare setback across the water yesterday when his dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air was beaten at odds of 1/4 in the hands of Barry Geraghty at Kempton.