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Published: 18:05 | 26/1/16

Un De Sceaux primed for Cheltenham

Handlers feel star jumper is ready

Sodexho Clarence House Chase winner Un De Sceaux's handlers feel he is ready for Cheltenham following his masterful display last weekend.

The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old produced a dominant display in seeing off main rival Sire De Grugy at Ascot in preparation for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

In winning the race, Un De Sceaux maintained his remarkable record of never having been beaten when he has stayed on his feet and Colm O'Connell, son of owner Edward, feels it was the perfect preparation for the Prestbury Park showdown.

"That was the performance we'd been waiting for, it was an absolute masterclass from horse and jockey (Ruby Walsh)," he said.

"I thought that was his best ever display. Running to the last Sire De Grugy's petrol tank was empty, and we know how good a horse he is.

"Lots of work has gone into him at home since the early days for him to become like it and it gives us options.
"We needed a run like that after missing the Tingle Creek and falling at Leopardstown, but he was absolutely brilliant.

"Ruby rode him with pure confidence, he just waited approaching two out and then pressed the button.

"His jumps at the last two showed how much he had left.

"He's only eight, we're still finding out about him but he's never been beaten when he stood up.

"We've won the semi-final and now we can look forward to the final in March."

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