Foxrock can get punters off to a flier

Foxrock is fancied to get punters away to the perfect start by landing the opening Festival Free Upgrade Offer Ends Today Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon.

Trained by Ted Walsh and successful in his only point-to-point, he was a costly failure at Leopardstown at Christmas.

Partnered by Ted’s son, Ruby, the selection cannoned into another horse at the first flight and the pilot was dislodged.

The five-year-old reappeared at Leopardstown last month and indicated his turn would not be long delayed.

He was beaten four lengths into second behind Mala Beach, but stayed on stoutly in the closing stages and an extra two furlongs now should prove ideal.

Willie Mullins’ French-import, Un De Sceaux, has to be the choice in the Festival Party Pack From €19 s Maiden Hurdle.

Despite the size of the field, this is a gentle introduction to jumping for Un De Sceaux, who won two bumpers in a canter in his native country.

Noel Meade’s Corbally Ghost gets the vote in the Festival Any Day Flexi-Ticket Hurdle, despite the fact he’s been absent for 437 days.

Corbally Ghost was last seen when completing a hat-trick in a Grade 3 at Cork in December of 2011 and obviously has had problems.

At the time he looked a horse with a big future, but is still only a six-year-old and fitness is rarely a worry with Meade inmates.

Aidan O’Brien’s Egyptian Warrior is a fascinating challenger for the AES Family Saturday At The Festival Bumper.

The son of Galileo has to get the nod, considering he is a brother to the latest possible Ballydoyle superstar, Kingsbarns, winner of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October and current ante-post favourite for the Epsom Derby.

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