Foot­pad starts his Chel­tenham build-up

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FOOT­PAD puts his un­beaten record over fences and huge rep­u­ta­tion on the line in the Po­plar Square Chase at Naas to­day.

The Wil­lie Mullinstrained six-year-old com­peted with credit at the high­est level over hur­dles, but has sur­passed those achieve­ments over the larger ob­sta­cles.

Foot­pad won each of his five starts as a novice over fences last sea­son, in­clud­ing a stun­ning dis­play in the Arkle Tro­phy at Chel­tenham.

He will be a red-hot favourite to see off four ri­vals on his sea­sonal reap­pear­ance in this week­end’s two-mile Grade Three, and Mullins is look­ing for­ward to his re­turn.

Mullins said: “Foot­pad he worked very well dur­ing the week.

“The Po­plar Square Chase is a nice type of race for him. A sec­ond-sea­son novice race like this is a lovely start­ing point.”

Foot­pad is a gen­eral 7-2 sec­ond-favourite for this sea­son’s Queen Mother Cham­pion Chase be­hind Al­tior. He is 7-1 favourite for the Ryanair Chase, and is as short as 10-1 for the Chel­tenham Gold Cup.

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