Ruby Walsh explains reasons behind Footpad defeat at Naas

Sheer joy for Ruby Walsh as Footpad wins the Racing Post Arkle
Sheer joy for Ruby Walsh as Footpad wins the Racing Post Arkle

Ruby Walsh felt the writing was on the wall for Footpad after the third fence on his seasonal reappearance last weekend.

Willie Mullins' charge lost his unbeaten record when taking a tired fall at the last when held by Saint Calvados in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas.

Writing in his exclusive blog on www.racinguk.com - the jockey said: "I think he slipped at the fence in front of the stands, the third, and that knocked the wind out my sails. He did the same again at the fifth last. You can't afford to be doing things like up against a horse like Saint Calvados.He's a very good horse. He was very good on the day and deserves all of the credit he is getting.

Only 1000 free Racing UK trials remain
Only 1000 free Racing UK trials remain

"To me, Footpad lost his two hind legs out behind him at that third fence and his front end went forward into the middle fence - and that's where he sustained his over-reach; He was never going from then on. These things happen and it's onwards and upwards. I think he was unlucky. It was new ground and I just think he lost his two hind legs out behind him.

"Momentum won at the last when he got too high in behind and knuckled over on his head and I've gone straight over his ears.

"I didn't see him this Tuesday morning. Willie says he is sore and it’s a cut, but it won't set him back too much and we have to look forward to wherever he runs next."


GET THE FULL PICTURE: Don't miss out on FREE video replays and our fantastic My Stable tracker. Log in now and become a Sporting Life Insider.

Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

Check out our preview of the day's action1

Wednesday's racing preview

Swiss Knight is Anita Chambers' best bet of the day and she has a tip for every race in the UK.

2

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Trainer Nicky Henderson between Might Bite (left) and Buveur D'Air3

Altior still 'unlikely' for King George

Nicky Henderson insists it remains "very unlikely" Altior will take up his entry in the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview4

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.

Theatre Territory in action at Cheltenham5

Warren Greatrex: My Territory

Warren Greatrex looks ahead to Cheltenham's International Meeting as he guides us through his runners for the rest of the week.

Most Read Racing

Check out our preview of the day's action1

Wednesday's racing preview

Swiss Knight is Anita Chambers' best bet of the day and she has a tip for every race in the UK.

2

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Trainer Nicky Henderson between Might Bite (left) and Buveur D'Air3

Altior still 'unlikely' for King George

Nicky Henderson insists it remains "very unlikely" Altior will take up his entry in the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview4

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.

Theatre Territory in action at Cheltenham5

Warren Greatrex: My Territory

Warren Greatrex looks ahead to Cheltenham's International Meeting as he guides us through his runners for the rest of the week.

Next Race Off

08:15 Chennai
10
(3)
Trending Princess
J: Zulquar Nain
9
(10)
Sabihaa
J: Janardhan Paswan
8
(7)
Norelaa
J: C Umesh
7
(5)
My Passion
J: C A Brisson
6
(8)
Love Supreme
J: A Imran Khan
5
(1)
Uncle Sam
J: Md Hesnain
4
(6)
Three Of A Kind
J: P Ajeeth Kumar
3
(2)
Star Guitar
J: Tanveer Alam
2
(9)
Royal Feelings
J: Shahar Babu
1
(4)
Kings Black
J: S Kabdhar

Racing Tips

Check out our preview of the day's action

Wednesday's racing preview

Swiss Knight is Anita Chambers' best bet of the day and she has a tip for every race in the UK.

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.