The exciting six-year-old, unbeaten in all his seven races under Rules to date, was denied the chance to run in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as Mullins felt it would be asking too much of him at this stage in his career.
“Un De Sceaux goes to France this weekend, all being well,” said Mullins. “It’s a Grade Three race over two-mile-three. I haven’t looked at the ground, but I’d imagine there will be plenty of give.
“He’s going to France, I haven’t thought about Punchestown yet.”
* Leading Crabbie’s Grand National hopefuls Tidal Bay and Rocky Creek pleased trainer Paul Nicholls in a racecourse gallop at Wincanton yesterday with their big-race jockeys in the saddle.
Sam Twiston-Davies get the leg-up on the veteran Tidal Bay, with Noel Fehily partnering Rocky Creek in the two-mile workout at the Somerset venue.
Nicholls also took a few other members of his Ditcheat string to give them a working day out as part of preparations for Aintree early next month.
“I just took them to work at Wincanton and I was very happy with them, no problems at all,” said Nicholls. They didn’t jump any fences. It was basically just a day out for them. They just did two miles and enjoyed themselves. “They went with several of our other horses who are running at Aintree.”
* Bookmakers Boylesports will sponsor the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.
The April 21 feature will this year have a prize fund of €250,000.