Thurles: Un De Sceaux crashes out on chasing debut
The eagerly anticipated chasing debut of unbeaten hurdler Un De Sceaux ended in disappointment, as Willie Mullins’ strong galloping charge came to grief at the third last fence when well clear of his rivals. Sent off the 1/8 favourite for the opening 2m 2f Beginners Chase, Un De Sceaux had put in a slick round of jumping up to this stage from the front under Ruby Walsh.
Walsh let his mount bowl along in front from the off and he was soon fully 15 lengths clear of his nearest rivals and nearly two fences clear of the main body of the field. It looked a certainty that he would continue his unbeaten run which included two bumper runs in France, a Grade 2 Hurdle at Gowran and Grade 3 Hurdle in France, but he tipped up on landing at the third last, leaving backers looking on in shock.
Both horse and jockey were fine afterwards, with the race eventually being won by the Jessica Harrington trained Mr Fiftyone.
A disappointed Mullins said: “He came out of it well and is grand apart from one little cut which any horse can get.
“I was very happy with him prior to the fall and it was just one of those things and it was a novicey mistake. I just hope he won’t make a habit of it.”
There was better news later in the day for Mullins, with the Champion trainer enjoying a quickfire double with the impressive looking pair of Max Dynamite and Clondaw Court. Max Dynamite, who had run in the French Derby last year, quickened away nicely from the back of the last to record a facile victory on his hurdling debut in the 2m Maiden Hurdle.
Clondaw Court brought his unbeaten run to four in the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle, making all under Ruby Walsh to record an eased down four length win.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Barry Cronin/PA Wire
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