Un de Sceaux should make no mistake this time

Today at Fairyhouse, at least as far as I’m concerned, is all about Un de Sceaux in the two-mile beginners chase.

Un de Sceaux should make no mistake this time

He made his debut over fences at Thurles last month and arrived with an impeccable record, unbeaten in nine previous races.

Un de Sceaux went off at very prohibitive odds then and, for most of the journey, looked certain to deliver one more time.

Heading to the third last we were cruising along in front and must have held the guts of a 20 lengths lead. But then calamity struck and Un De Sceaux went at the obstacle.

Thankfully, he was largely unscathed and so very much lives to fight another day. Truth to tell that mistake at Thurles was the only one he has made since we started him off over fences.

He has schooled really well since and, to be brutally honest, I’m expecting this to be relatively straightforward.

Val de Ferbet makes his debut over fences in the three-mile beginners chase and I am nowhere near as confident regarding his prospects.

The ex-French horse performed twice for Willie Mullins last season, running a shocker first time up at Limerick and then doing somewhat better when fourth at the Punchestown festival.

But neither display, however, matched his excellent home work. He’s also working well now and the trip will suit, but has got to do it on the track.

Uradel, in the three-year-old maiden hurdle, is my third ride of the day and he certainly has plenty to prove as well.

He made his debut over jumps at Navan and we thought would win. But, ultimately, Uradel was rather disappointing, trailing in a remote fifth.

There was nothing wrong with the way he travelled and jumped, but produced little when I went for him and I cannot come up with a legitimate excuse for the effort.

I am reasonably confident that another of Willie’s French-imports, Arbre de Vie, will win the two and a half mile maiden hurdle.

He was last seen when finishing third at Auteuil back in March and his schooling has been quite impressive.

I suspect he keeps at a bit for himself in his work and might well be more potent on the track, that’s the hope anyway.

As of now he is no star, and we have better maidens waiting in the wings, but is at least smart enough to take a contest of this nature.

Willie introduces the ex-winning point-to-pointer, Stone Hard, in the bumper and he should be good enough.

At Thurles tomorrow, Patrick Mullins rides Lyrical Theatre for his father in a mares’ maiden hurdle and she will be hard to beat.

She has won three bumpers and went particularly nicely, jumping well, in a schooling hurdle at Thurles last week.

My day begins on Bosman Rule in the four-runner Rated Novice Hurdle. He is what he is and this is his level.

He ran alright in the fog at this course last time, when Drumacoo and Couleur France were simply too good for him.

I’m hoping he can win, but really couldn’t recommend anyone to back the horse. Essentially, he is crying out for a fence.

Buck Dancing carries the same colours as Bosman Rule and I have come in for the ride on Eddie Harty’s charge in a maiden hurdle.

He ran with promise at Naas and then performed poorly subsequently at Fairyhouse and that’s as much as I know about him.

St Stephen’s Day will see me at Kempton and a date with both Champagne Fever and Faugheen. Champagne Fever is the right type of horse for the King George, he jumps great and has pace.

But I am under no illusions about the task that faces him and believe Silviniaco Conti will prove a tough nut to crack.

Faugheen has come on plenty for his initial outing of the campaign and, obviously, now that The New One is going to swerve Kempton that will make his task all the easier.

It will literally break my heart to leave Vautour behind at Leopardstown. He is absolutely bombing right now.

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