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2019 Dublin Racing Festival news - Walsh to choose between Min and Footpad in Dublin Chase

A happy Ruby Walsh at Leopardstown.

Ruby Walsh speaks to Paddy Power about the choice he must make between Min and Footpad in Dublin Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Thankfully, the Dublin Racing Festival has survived the frosty conditions that have struck the British Isles this week and punters can expect two fantastic days of racing. 

Top jockey and Paddy Power's Racing Ambassador, Ruby Walsh is sure to score some victories at the meeting, with Willie Mullins set to unveil many of his stable stars. Walsh does, however, have a difficult decision to make ahead of Saturday's Dublin Chase, with stablemates Min and Footpad both entered.

“The plan is to run both Footpad & Min and that’s just one of the tough calls that I’ll have to make on Friday morning." Ruby said to Paddy Power.

"There are decisions to be made all over the place. But I’m much happier to be making these decisions this time around than I was last year when I was hobbling around on a set of crutches with no decisions to make. I thought picking the right one in the Thyestes Chase last week was difficult but splitting Footpad and Min will be a real head-scratcher,” 

“On Tuesday, Willie left in pretty much everything he was intending to run this weekend. There are three to pick from in the Irish Gold Cup, there are five to pick from in the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Novice Hurdle and there’s the decision to be made between Aramon and Klassical Dream."

"Picking the right one in the Dublin Chase will be very hard but so will splitting our three horses in the Irish Gold Cup. You can only ride one and there’s no way that I’m going to get them all right this weekend. Hopefully I’ll get a percentage of them right!”

Paddy Power also asked Walsh for his opinion on Presenting Percy, who made a winning return to action in the Galmoy Hurdle last week and currently holds top position in Paddy Power's betting for the Gold Cup.

“Presenting Percy will only do whatever Pat Kelly wants him to do." Walsh continued. 

"In a perfect world, he’d have probably had three runs by now but we’re not living in a perfect world. I don’t know what Pat Kelly’s training regime is but if he gets another run under his belt, so be it. He ran in the Red Mills Chase last year and that left him spot on so Pat Kelly might do the same again.”

"I don’t think it would be a tall order for him (To go from the Galmoy to the Gold Cup) at all. He’s had plenty of runs over fences and when you think of it, Djakadam was second in a Cheltenham Gold Cup having had three runs in novice chases, a run in a Hennessy and a run in a Thyestes Chase. He only had five runs over fences." 

"An ordinary jumper needs experience but Presenting Percy looks professional to me. He’s a very straight forward horse who only does what he has to do and he’ll be a very hard horse to beat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.”

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