Watch: Footpad maintains his unbeaten record over fences with dominant display in the Arkle
Footpad ran out a dominant winner of the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.
Unbeaten in three previous starts over fences, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was the 5-6 favourite, ridden by Ruby Walsh.
His old rival Petit Mouchoir and the main British hope Saint Calvados set a scorching gallop, with Walsh happy to sit in third aboard Footpad.
The market leader made one serious error in the back straight, but steadily closed on Petit Mouchoir thereafter, with Saint Calvados ultimately fading tamely.
What a performance! Footpad bolts up to justify favouritism in the Arkle @CheltenhamRaces and remains unbeaten over fences (4-4). #TheFestival— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) March 13, 2018
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There was little to choose between the big two jumping the second fence from the finish, but it was clear Footpad had much more to give and he powered clear in the straight for a 14-length success.
Brain Power finished well to beat Petit Mouchoir to the runner-up spot.