Footpad features in Fairyhouse list

Thursday, Mar 8 2018

Footpad is the star name among 37 entries for the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old is unbeaten in three starts over fences and is a hot favourite to make it four in the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.

Mullins has 18 entries in total as he bids to win this €100,000 Grade One for the first time. Other possible contenders for the champion trainer include next week's JLT Novices' Chase favourite Invitation Only and leading RSA contender Al Boum Photo.

Gordon Elliott's 10 possible runners include Grade One-winning mare Shattered Love, while Henry de Bromhead's Petit Mouchoir and Jett from Jessica Harrington's yard are also in the mix.

The four British contenders are the Paul Nicholls-trained pair of Modus and Movewiththetimes, Harry Fry's Acting Lass and Dan Skelton's North Hill Harvey.

Grade One honours are also up for grabs on the April 1 card in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle.

There are 29 entries for this two-and-a-half-mile contest, with a 12-strong Mullins team headed by Laurina and the exciting juvenile Stormy Ireland.

Lackaneen Leader heads a trio of entries from Elliott, while High School Days and Alletrix have been entered by De Bromhead and Harrington respectively.

There are six entries from British-based trainers, with Nicky Henderson entering both Countister and Dame De Compagnie.

Fergal O'Brien has Cap Soleil entered up, while Dan Skelton, Emma Lavelle and Anthony Honeyball could be represented by Momella, Woolstone One and Midnight Tune respectively.

Peter Roe, general manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, said: "We are delighted with the strength and depth of entries for both the Ryanair Gold Cup and Irish Stallion Farms Mares Novice Hurdle.

"It is especially pleasing to see multiple entries from leading British trainers Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Harry Fry and Dan Skelton and we look forward to them taking on the best Ireland has to offer."

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