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Un De Sceaux maintains unbeaten record after thrashing Thurles rivals

Updated: Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 18:12 | Comments

Time will tell if Un De Sceaux's hard-pulling ways prevent him from realising his immense potential
Time will tell if Un De Sceaux's hard-pulling ways prevent him from realising his immense potential

Willie Mullins is in no rush to throw Un De Sceaux in at the deep end following another dominant display in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle at Thurles.

The dual French bumper winner looked the real deal when winning two novice hurdles at Punchestown earlier in the year and faced with just two opponents who had little chance on ratings as he made his return, he was a prohibitive 1-16 favourite.

Those who took the odds had few scares as the five-year-old set a fierce gallop and jumped superbly in the hands of Ruby Walsh, and it was clear from some way out his nearest pursuer Rory O'Moore was struggling to keep up.

Un De Sceaux was still pulling Walsh's arms out as he rounded the home turn and a slight mistake at the last obstacle was the only blemish on an otherwise faultless display as he passed the post full of running and 29 lengths clear.

Paddy Power left the exciting youngster unchanged at 25-1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, although he still has some way to go to be rated a serious threat to the likes of his dual Champion Hurdle-winning stablemate Hurricane Fly.

Mullins said: "That didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. He has a fair engine and he'll go up in grade now.

"I was waiting to run him in this race all season rather than taking on Grade One horses. There was one other race for him in England three weeks ago but he wasn't ready enough for it.

"We'll go anywhere with him if we find the right race, but I don't want to take on the Grade One horses yet. We'll find out more about him on his next run, but he'll be entered for the Champion Hurdle before then."

Walsh said: "He has to go on and take on the bigger opposition and the better horses, but the dream is alive, there's no doubt about that."

It was not all plain sailing for the formidable Mullins-Walsh combination, with 11-8 favourite Urano giving Walsh a heavy fall when clipping heels before the final flight in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.

Victory went to the Dessie Hughes-trained Thunder And Roses (5-2) under champion jockey Davy Russell.

Hughes said: "It was way overdue to win his maiden hurdle. He's really a chaser but we'll look for a three-mile conditions hurdle for him next. Hopefully he'll win a three-mile hurdle before he goes over fences."

Los Amigos (7-4 favourite) ran out the determined winner of the Exit 6 To The Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle for trainer Jim Dreaper and jockey Keith Donoghue.

Dreaper said: "He won a restricted chase. In Ireland it's hard to win another after you've won one so it was the logical thing to come here.

"He stays well and he's still only a six-year-old. He'll more than likely go back chasing.

"There should be one non-Mullins day in Ireland every year!"

Colm Murphy's The Cookie Jar was another favourite to oblige, striking by three lengths in the Gift Horse Gallery Horse & Jockey Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle at odds of 9-4.

Murphy said: "She was very well treated today taking into account Jody's (McGarvey) allowance. She got black type the last day and now she's a winner with black type."

Sterling Stuff (4-1 favourite) clinched the Molony Cup for trainer Robert Tyner and jockey Phillip Enright, beating Miss Palm readily by nine lengths.

Tyner said: "He did it well and I was delighted with the way he jumped. He's not entered again anytime soon as races are very scarce for him over Christmas."

Foritsa was a 4-1 winner of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, while the concluding bumper went to 14-1 shot Chapel Garden, a race marred by the fatal injury suffered by 5-4 favourite Tile Lady.



 

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