Ryanair Novice Chase

Arkle hero Footpad will bid for more Grade One glory on Thursday afternoon, and the Willie Mullins-trained star will be a red-hot favourite for the Ryanair Novice Chase, which is one of the feature races on day three of the Punchestown Festival, but the Closutton inmate will face some decent rivals in the race.

Petit Mouchoir failed to land a blow on him at the Cheltenham Festival last month, but is a class act on his day, while the likes of Castlegrace Paddy and Saturnas will be notable rivals.

18:40 Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1, 2m)
1. Footpad - D Jacob - W Mullins 2/5 Fav
2. Optimus Prime - N Fehily - D Skelton 25/1
6 Ran.

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