Oli out­ing for Love?

Ruby fumes at Foot­pad’s fi­nal fence fall

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Irish Racing - BY RYAN McELLIGOTT


FOR the sec­ond week in a row the Ir­ish Na­tional Hunt sea­son served up a huge shock as Foot­pad met with his first de­feat over fences at Naas.

Eight days after Sam­cro was beaten at Down Royal, Foot­pad was a 4/9 shot for the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase but he seemed held when de­part­ing at the last.

In­stead vic­tory went to the dash­ing English raider Saint Cal­va­dos who made all the run­ning and showed his re­mote fourth in last sea­son’s Arkle Chase to be all wrong.

Saint Cal­va­dos jumped and trav­elled nicely in the lead for Gavin Shee­han but Foot­pad made a cou­ple of big mis­takes.

He was four lengths down in sec­ond at the time of his exit which left Ty­coon Prince to se­cure the run­ner-up spot.

“It was a good per­for­mance and I’m de­lighted for the horse and his own­ers An­drew and Kate Brooks,” said win­ning trainer Harry Whit­ting­ton.

There was fur­ther drama in the Grade 3 Fish­ery Lane Hur­dle where Espoir D’allen made a win­ning re­turn on his first out­ing since Fe­bru­ary.

After Foot­pad’s eclipse, Saldier seemed set to pro­vide Wil­lie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with a boost but he crashed out when lead­ing at the last to gift vic­tory to the Mark Wal­shrid­den and Gavin Cromwell­trained Espoir D’allen. GOR­DON El­liott says his high-class mare Shat­tered Love could be in ac­tion at Clon­mel on Thurs­day.

After a pleas­ing come­back at Down Royal, he could run in the Clon­mel Oil Chase.

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