Friday 20 September 2019

Mullins hoping Footpad can make amends at Leopardstown

Willie Mullins. Photo: Sportsfile
Willie Mullins. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Footpad is set to run in the Paddy's Rewards Club "Sugar Paddy" Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.

Willie Mullins' six-year-old carried all before him as a novice last season, winning the Arkle at Cheltenham and the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown. His return to action did not go to plan this term, however, looking beaten when he fell at Naas in a race won by Saint Calvados, picking up a minor injury in the process.

"Yeah, he seems good. He has been doing fast work at home. He has schooled at home and all seems well (after cutting his leg)," said Mullins.

"Hopefully, fingers crossed, everything will be all right. It looked a very ordinary cut so we didn't worry too much about it but it was obviously sore. We have let it heal up now and it's fine.

"That race (Paddy's Rewards Club Sugar Paddy Chase) at Leopardstown seems the target for him now, we'll go there, see how he comes out of that."

Mullins also confirmed Great Field and Min for the race. The Grade One contest is the centrepiece on the second afternoon of the four-day Christmas Festival at the Foxrock venue.

Mullins has claimed the prize twice in the last four years with Twinlight (2014) and Douvan (2016), while Min passed the post in front last season before the stewards promoted the Nicky Richards-trained Simply Ned to the number one spot.

Pat Fahy's Castlegrace Paddy profited from Great Field's fall when winning the Hilly Way Chase at Cork and could take him on again, while Simply Ned is set to defend his crown.

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