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Ruby Walsh has faith in Cheltenham Festival hope Foxrock

Ruby Walsh believes his father Ted has a live chance of training another Cheltenham Festival winner with rising star Foxrock in the Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase.

Walsh senior, who rode Hilly Way to victory in the 1979 Queen Mother Champion Chase, sent out Commanche Court to land the 1997 Triumph Hurdle and went close to a second success when Never Compromise finished runner-up to Earthmover in the Foxhunter Chase in 2004.

Now Foxrock is among the market leaders for the four-mile marathon, which features amateur riders, after securing a third victory in five outings over fences when getting the better of Mr Murphy at Navan on Sunday.

Although jumping slowly at the fourth last and then again at the final fence, being headed on both occasions, the six-year-old rallied gamely under Danny Mullins to come out on top and leading Irish owner Barry Connell is reportedly keen on going for the National Hunt Chase ahead of the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. 

Ruby feels that would be a wise option for the son of Flemensfirth and told Racing UK: "I think Foxrock won a bit cosier than it looked and he might take his chance in the four-miler at Cheltenham if everyone is happy with him in a few weeks' time. He stays really well, he's a sound enough jumper. Obviously Shotgun Paddy of Emma Lavelle's looks the one to beat but Foxrock would have his chance."

Foxrock also showed a willing attitude to score at Fairyhouse in November and, after just being tapped for toe behind Carlingford Lough in the Grade 1 Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown, he stayed on strongly to beat Sizing Gold by seven lengths at Naas before his latest success.

Connell declared after the Naas victory that the National Hunt Chase was the preferred option due to a lack of big-race experience and Ted Walsh commented after Sunday's win: "He does find a bit extra for a smack and is strong at the end of races, which is great for a target like that."


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