Sceaux easy for Mullins at Fairyhouse
Un De Sceaux started the ball rolling on what turned out to be another Willie Mullins dominated day at Fairyhouse, easily making amends for his chasing debut fall in the opening Beginners Chase. The unbeaten hurdler had came to grief on his first start over fences at Thurles last month but bar a mistake at the first today, he put in a foot perfect round to roll home an effortless 12 length winner.
Mullins said of the winner: “He had a scare at the first but he improved his jumping after and was a lot more sure at them. That probably frightened him and steadied him up. He took more notice of his fences after.
“I don’t know where he’ll go now – it’s a bit close to Christmas. I think there is a winners’ race at Naas on January 4 but that might be a bit soon, also.
“I might wait to the middle of January. He’s so hard on himself in races so I won’t rush him back to the track.
“He’s a grand horse in the stables but in his races he’s very, very keen.”
The trainer would record a quick double on the card when French import, Val De Ferbert, got off the mark over fences at the first time of asking. The 5yo had failed to register in two starts over hurdles after arriving in Ireland but always promised to be a much better chaser, a fact he proved today in fine style.
Another French import, Arbre De Vie, brought up the hat-trick for Mullins in the 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle, easily coming away from the field to score on his first start for his new stable. The 4yo becomes the latest in a long line of top quality horses to represent the powerful Ricci family.
A four timer was brought up, unsurprisingly, in the bumper, with the Gigginstown owned 4yo also making a winning debut under Patrick Mullins. A four length winner on his sole Point to Point start, the son of Robin Des Champs could have a big future after seeing off the consistent Rock N Rhythm by 3 3/4 lengths.
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