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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Jacob relishing the chance to get back on board chasing star Footpad

Daryl Jacob: looking forward to riding Footpad at Punchestown
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Daryl Jacob has been handed the mount on outstanding novice chaser Footpad at Punchestown on Thursday with Ruby Walsh missing from the festival with a leg injury.

Walsh, who rode the exciting six-year-old when he made it four wins from four runs over fences with a 14-length romp in the Grade 1 Racing Post Arkle Chase at Cheltenham, had hoped to return to riding this week but fell short in his bid.

Footpad had Ruby Walsh aboard for his Arkle victory at Cheltenham

So Jacob, who is retained by owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, will get back on board the Willie Mullins-trained gelding in Thursday's Ryanair Novice Chase.

He finished third in the Champion Stayers Hurdle on Footpad at the meeting last year and the jockey said: "It'll be nice to sit on him again – I rode him at the start of the season and let's hope he can round off the year in good style back at Punchestown.

"He's very good, he's impressed me all along. I've had a good few sits on him. He's been over a few trips and he's a very talented horse.

"He's a good jumper and a good traveller, he's uncomplicated and he could go all the way to the top."

Mullins has won Thursday's feature four times in the last five years, including with the top-class pair Douvan and Un De Sceaux, and Jacob is full of hope for the 2m contest.

"Footpad won the Arkle very nicely, he's won three Grade 1s already this season and hopefully he can go for a fourth on Thursday," he said.

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He's a good jumper and a good traveller, he's uncomplicated and he could go all the way to the top

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