Footpad Horse

Despite being bred from an Irish sire and dam in Creachadoir and Willamina, Footpad was born in France, running opening races in the Prix Wild Monarch and the Prix de Pouilly at Auteuil, finishing seventh and second respectively. After somewhat proving his worth in France, Footpad was bought by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, leading him to be sent to train at Willie Mullins Stable in Ireland.

The record of ten wins, three seconds and three thirds prove Footpad as not only being a horse that a lot of people back to win in major race meetings, but also one capable of placing when the odds are stacked against him. He’s one of many horses to show consistency under the guidance of Willie Mullins, and past wins have led a lot of punters into being interested in Footpad odds for future races.

Footpad Races

After being moved to Ireland, Footpad’s opening race meeting under Willie Mullins proved Simon Munir and Isaac Souede right for opting to buy him, winning the Three-Year-Old Maiden Hurdle at Gowran Park. He was immediately knocked back in only being able to place in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown but saw two successive wins in the Ladbrokes Hurdle at Gowran Park and the Gain Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.

While he wasn’t able to win his first entry into Cheltenham Festival, a third-place finish in the JCB Triumph Hurdle was more than respectable, especially as he finished behind Apple’s Jade - also trained by Willie Mullins - who had also beaten him in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown three months prior. Apple’s Jade went on to win the Betfred Anniversary Four-Year-Old Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree, where Footpad was unfortunately unable to finish the race. Footpad got back to basics after his failure to finish, winning two and placing in one of three races back at Auteuil where he started his racing career.

Returning to British and Irish racing, Footpad finished fourth in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown, second in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, third in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown, and fourth in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham Festival. This prompted his best run of results, winning five in a row between November 2017 and November 2018 including the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham Festival, a race at Navan, a race at Punchestown, and two races at Leopardstown, which was only ruined by a failure to finish in the Poplar Square Chase as Naas.

Footpad Cheltenham

How a horse performs at Cheltenham Racecourse tends to say a lot about its quality. Footpad came into his first entry at Cheltenham Festival with a difficult challenge in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. He finished third behind second place Apple’s Jade and in front of fourth place Let’s Dance, who were both also trained by Willie Mullins. The second Cheltenham Festival entry for Footpad was in 2017, where he finished fourth in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy. It took until the third attempt to find any genuine success, living up to the status of favourite at odds of 5/6 to win the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase.

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