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VIDEO: All-the-way Saint Calvados takes Poplar Square Chase as Footpad falls
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VIDEO: All-the-way Saint Calvados takes Poplar Square Chase as Footpad falls
on 10 November 2018
Odds-on favourite Footpad came down at the last in the Grade 3 contest in which British raider Saint Calvados made all to score by four and a half lengths

HOT-favourite Footpad departed at the final fence as Saint Calvados made all the running in a dramatic race for the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase at Naas.

British raider Saint Calvados hardly hit a twig hands of Gavin Sheehan, putting last season’s Arkle Trophy hero under pressure from an early stage in the two-mile contest.

Sheehan lifted the tempo turning for home and Harry Whittington’s flamboyant jumper held a three-length lead at the last, where Footpad slithered badly, giving Ruby Walsh little chance of keeping the partnership intact, after making a couple of mistakes earlier in proceedings.

With the 4/9 favourite market leader gone, Saint Calvados (5/2) was left clear and coasted home by four and a half lengths, with Tycoon Prince claiming second place.

Saint Calvados was cut to 5/1 from 8/1 for the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 8th, with the sponsors.

READ THE FULL NAAS REPORT IN NEXT WEEKEND'S EDITION OF THE IRISH FIELD

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