Mullins set to unleash Un De Sceaux at Thurles

Willie Mullins is set to unleash yet another hugely exciting novice chasing prospect at Thurles on Thursday in the shape of Un De Sceaux.

Since arriving from France the six-year-old has won all seven outings for the champion trainer, including his final two starts back in his homeland.

With the likes of Vautour, Don Poli and Valseur Lido already having made winning chasing debuts, hopes will be high at Closutton that Un De Sceaux will follow suit.

He is likely to run in the Killinan Beginners Chase where he could meet Mouse Morris’ classy Rule The World over two miles and two furlongs. Mullins confirmed: “Un De Sceaux will probably run at Thurles on Thursday.”

Meanwhile Colin McBratney is organising Carsonstown Boy’s campaign around another crack at the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Runner-up to Tammys Hill last March, the 10-year-old returned to action last Sunday in a point-to-point at Corbeagh House, in County Longford, in which he pleased connections when finishing fourth.

McBratney intends to follow the same route as last season and have Carsonstown Boy in peak condition for Prestbury Park.

“He’s come out of the race well,” said the County Down handler.

“He needed the run badly. It’s just that we’re a bit behind this year because the ground has been so firm. He was only beaten about 12 lengths so we were very happy with him.

“He’ll run again in three weeks. We’re just training him again for Cheltenham.

“He’ll run again this side of Christmas, then go to Thurles for the hunter chase he won last year in January and then he’ll probably go to Armagh (Farmaclaffley) for the point-to-point he won last year before Cheltenham.


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