Sunday 27 May 2018

Watch: Footpad maintains his unbeaten record over fences with dominant display in the Arkle

Footpad ridden by Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 14:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Footpad ridden by Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 14:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Graham Clark

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.

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.

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