Multiple Grade One-winning chaser Un De Sceaux left the yard of Willie Mullins for the final time on Monday, as he returned to his native France to see out his retirement. 

The hugely popular 12-year-old was retired in February after a ligament problem was discovered in the wake of a piece of work in preparation for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

He finished outside of the first two just once in 21 completed runs over fences - the majority of which were in Grade One company - and ended his career having won 23 of 34 races under rules and more than €1.75 million in prize-money.

He ran at five Cheltenham Festivals, winning the Arkle in 2015 and the Ryanair in 2017.

Mullins tweeted: "Un De Sceaux is leaving us today for his new life in France. A horse with a remarkable attitude and a will to win like no other, he will be really missed around the yard."

Saluting his charge on the day his retirement was announced, Mullins had said: "You can't replace horses like him - it's impossible. He was a once in a lifetime horse, and we were very lucky to have him." 

Un De Sceaux was foaled in France May 2008 and won his first two lifetime starts at Machecoul and Saint-Brieuc before making the move to Ireland.