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

Ruby Walsh explains reasons behind Footpad defeat at Naas

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 - 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.

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"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."

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