Racing Post Novice Chase
Grade 1, Leopardstown 14:20
€90,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 1f, Class 1  
Tuesday 26th December 2017

1 Footpad 4/6F
2 Any Second Now 12/1
3 Jett 25/1
5 ran Distances: 11l, 13l
Time: 4m 13.60s (slow by 7.60s)

Flawless Footpad wins in stunning style

© Caroline Norris

Willie Mullins' Footpad looked the real deal on his chasing debut at Navan last month but, if anything, he looked an even smarter animal in this Grade One over two miles and a furlong.

The five-year-old gained a definitive lead four fences from home and simply did not look back.

Death Duty is certainly no slouch, yet he had little response when Footpad went about his business and ended up falling at the final fence when booked for third.

By contrast, Paul Townend enjoyed an armchair ride on the victorious 4-6 favourite, who strolled home by a distance from Any Second Now.

Mullins said: "He's electric. From the first day at home that I saw him jumping over fences I thought he was the best I've seen for a long while. 

"He was good on his debut at Navan but today he was just awesome. He gained lengths at his fences and he's one to really look forward to. 

"I'd imagine he'd come back here for a similar type of race at the new Dublin Festival of Racing (Leopardstown, February 3-4) and then, hopefully fingers crossed and everything stays right, on to Cheltenham." 

Townend said: "Riding a good two-mile chaser, going that gallop and jumping as well as this lad does, there's no better feeling. 

"He was jumping so well, I couldn't disappoint him and take him back. We didn't hang around, we went a proper gallop and he was doing it in his stride. 

"He's always jumped very well since day one and for his second start as novice, to jump as well as he did there, was deadly. 

"He was doing it all so easily but he brings a very high level of hurdle form to the table so you'd be hoping that he could do that."

The Racing Post Novice Steeplechase
2m 1f, Race Value: €90,000, Grade 1
5 ran
Going: Yielding, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Footpad (FR) 4/6f P Townend
W P Mullins 5
2nd 11 Any Second Now (IRE) 12/1 M P Walsh
T M Walsh 5
3rd 13 Jett (IRE) 25/1 R M Power
Mrs J Harrington 6
Also Ran: Avenir D'une Vie (FR) , Death Duty (IRE)