Footpad starts his Cheltenham build-up
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.