Paddy's Rewards Club 'Sugar Paddy' Chase
|Grade 1, Leopardstown 13:15
2m 1f, Class 1
|Thursday 27th December 2018|
1 Simply Ned 16/1
2 Footpad EvensF
3 Ordinary World 25/1
7 ran Distances: ½l, 4¾l, hd
Time: 4m 2.50s (fast by 3.50s)
Incredible! Simply Ned reels in Footpad to win a thrilling 'Sugar Paddy' Chase
😮 SIMPLY NED (16/1) denies Willie Mullins again! This time he reels in Footpad (who jumped superbly) in a thrilling finish at Leopardstown...pic.twitter.com/oa2Cdt8skD— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) December 27, 2018
The Nicky Richards-trained Simply Ned had made five previous appearances at Leopardstown, finishing out of the first three just once.
The 11-year-old enjoyed his day in the sun when claiming this prize last season – passing the post narrowly behind the Willie Mullins-trained Min before the result was reversed in the stewards’ room – and he was sent off at 16-1 for a repeat.
Mullins once again fielded the hot favourite in Footpad (evens), who was bidding to bounce back from a disappointing comeback run at Naas.
For much of the two-mile journey everything appeared to be going to plan for the market leader, who jumped accurately under Ruby Walsh and swept to the front on the run to the final fence.
He looked to have victory in the bag after setting off up the run-in, but Mark Walsh conjured a late run out of Simply Ned and got up to score by half a length.
Mullins’ second string Great Field made much of the running, but appeared booked for a place at best when crashing out at the final obstacle.
Paddy's Rewards Club Chase
€100,000, 5yo plus, 2m 1f, Class 1
Going: Good to Yielding
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Simply Ned (IRE) 16/1||M P Walsh
|N G Richards||11|
|2nd||½||Footpad (FR) Evsf||R Walsh
|W P Mullins||6|
|3rd||4¾||Ordinary World (IRE) 25/1||Rachael Blackmore
|H De Bromhead||8|
|4th||hd||Castlegrace Paddy (IRE) 8/1||D N Russell
|P A Fahy||7|
|5th||4||Ballyoisin (IRE) 11/4||B J Geraghty
|6th||6||Doctor Phoenix (IRE) 33/1||J W Kennedy
|F||Great Field (FR) 5/1||J S McGarvey
|W P Mullins||7|