"Whether he'll improve enough to beat Footpad
, I don't know.
leprae in Mouse Footpad
(MFP) were studied by Colston and Hilson.
Proven over further than today's two miles and a furlong, Min looks a cut above these rivals and is a confident choice to beat British raiders Simply Ned, which swooped late to beat Footpad
over this route at Christmas, and SAINT CALVADOS, which landed a Grade 2 at Naas in November before finishing a wellbeaten third to Altior in the Tingle Creek at Sandown.
The long-time Cheltenham favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov could only manage fourth here as Footpad
posted a career best effort by some distance.
is expected to bounce back from his seasonal debut 'blip' at Naas to foil his stablecompanion Great Field in the Paddy's Rewards Club Sugar Paddy Chase, one of two Grade 1 events on today's card in Leopardstown.
After being handed the perfect start to the day with the surprise victory of Footpad
in the GAIN Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown, the duo were dealt a setback as their Champion Hurdle contender Peace And Co met with a shock defeat in the Contenders Hurdle.
SIX OF the last seven winners of the Racing Post Arkle have started odds-on but there is no chance of that in March because it is hugely doubtful there is a horse of the ability of Footpad
, Altior or Douvan in the line-up.
And he was booked for third spot when falling at the last, behind last season's star two-mile novice Footpad
, when he fell at the last in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown in early February.
Wa l s h i s l i ke l y t o b e a t Leopardstown for the rest of the Christmas action and predicts that the real Footpad
will turn up at the Foxrock track tomorrow week, warning against writing off last season's outstanding novice chaser after he fluffed his l i n e s w h e n f a l l i n g o n h i s reappearance at Naas last month.
KEMPTON's King George VI Chase remains an option for Footpad
despite Willie Mullins' star chaser picking up an injury at Naas on Saturday.
Altior's closest rival in the betting is Saint Calvados, who was brilliant when beating Footpad
from the front in a Grade 3 at Naas last week.