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Published: 11:55 | 23/5/16

French Champion an option for Un De Sceaux


Un De Sceaux could step up in trip for a crack at the French Champion Hurdle following his impressive win at Auteuil on Saturday.

On his first run over timber for two years, the eight-year-old made every inch of the running of the two-miles-five-and-a-half-furlong trip to land the Prix La Baraka to win the Prix La Barka.

After being beaten by Sprinter Sacre in his two previous starts, connections were delighted as he returned to winning ways and they are considering sending him back to the course for a crack at the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil on June 12.

"It was a fantastic performance. Horses for courses - he's been to Auteuil three times and three times he's won," part-owner Colm O'Connell told At The Races.

"The ground seems to be the key to Un De Sceaux. Soft ground he seems to go a lot easier on it.

"I always expected him to go on the ground. The trip was a bit of a question, so now that opens us more options for next year. The French Champion Hurdle is over an extra four furlongs. We'll see. We've a bit of time now."

Connections will wait before making a decision on whether to send him back to Paris but O'Connell is pleased to have options available heading into the new season.

"We'll see how he comes out of the race. We'll give him a break for a few days and then we'll talk to Willie, but it's an option," he said.

"He's definitely got options, options I didn't think we had a week ago. We know he can see out a trip, so it's going to make a difficult choice where we go from September.

"He absolutely loved it on Saturday. He loves the mud and loved the hurdling, so it's rain dances for the next three or four years at this stage."

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