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Footpad is latest casualty from Willie Mullins' stable for Cheltenham Festival

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Footpad, with Daryl Jacob up, jump the last on their way to winning the Ryanair Novice Steeplechase

Footpad, with Daryl Jacob up, jump the last on their way to winning the Ryanair Novice Steeplechase

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Footpad, with Daryl Jacob up, jump the last on their way to winning the Ryanair Novice Steeplechase

Footpad is the latest star from Willie Mullins' stable to be ruled out of running at Cheltenham.

Mullins scratched the horse from the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers Hurdle today, meaning he joins Saldier, Klassical Dream and Douvan in missing next month's Festival.

After a decent run in the 'King George' at Christmas, Footpad ran poorly at the recent Dublin Racing Festival, which is surely what prompted this morning's actions by the trainer.

It remains to be seen if Footpad returns in time to compete at Aintree or Punchestown later in the season.

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