FOOTPAD, the hugely impressive winner of the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday is from a family that is very successful, but more generally known for producing leading flat runners.

That said, Footpad (Creachadoir) and his siblings have made their mark jumping, something that was unlikely to have been envisaged when their dam Willamina was born. She was bred by the Wertheimer brothers and is a daughter of Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and the Alleged (Hoist The Flag) mare Animatrice. The latter was a very smart racemare, winning the Group 2 Prix de Malleret among others, and she was placed in the Group 1 Epsom Oaks.