‘I was disappointed’: Willie Mullins says Footpad did not give his true running in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase
- Willie Mullins was frustrated with Footpad’s performance at Thurles on Sunday
- Footpad finished second in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase behind Real Steel
- Mullins suggested that Footpad may have felt the impact of his race in Kempton
Trainer Willie Mullins said Footpad did not give his true running when a tame second to stablemate Real Steel in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles on Sunday.
The 8-13 favourite, who had finished third to Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI Chase on his latest run, was beaten 14 lengths having been headed by the Paul Townend-ridden winner two fences from the finish.
Mullins said: ‘I was disappointed with Footpad. Maybe he had too hard a race in Kempton and it may have impacted on him but he ran too free and the pace was a little bit slow. He did too much in the middle of the race.
‘I was very pleased with how Real Steel jumped and how he stayed on. He is improving and I’d imagine the Ryanair Chase is the plan for him. Footpad could possibly do the same but today was not his run.’
Trainer Willie Mullins admitted Footpad did not give his true running at Thurles on Sunday
Mullins was left disappointed as Footpad finished second in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase