Friday 30 September 2016

Ruby Walsh: I wouldn't swap Un De Sceaux

Published 17/11/2015 | 20:01

Un De Sceaux
Un De Sceaux

Ruby Walsh insists he would not swap Un De Sceaux for any two-mile chaser in training despite being impressed with Sprinter Sacre's resurgent display at Cheltenham on Sunday.

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The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux is unbeaten in four starts over fences since tipping up on his chasing bow at Thurles almost a year ago and the brilliant Arkle winner is a hot favourite to follow up in the Queen Mother Champion Chase back at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

However, Nicky Henderson's 2013 Champion Chase winner Sprinter Sacre, unbeaten in his first 10 starts over fences and the highest rated chaser in training a couple of years ago, looked somewhere near his best in last weekend's Shloer Chase and Walsh admits his victory has spiced up the division.

He said: " He (Un De Sceaux) summered well. He looks big and strong and seems in good form.

"He has bags of speed, he wears his heart on his sleeve and attacks his fences.

"He is quite keen and likes to get on with it. You're not going to teach him to drop in this year, because he doesn't.

"He's definitely the one you'd want to have. Would you swap him for something else in the division? I wouldn't."

Reflecting on Sprinter Sacre's Sunday success, Walsh told Racing UK: " Sprinter Sacre bolted in and looks to have made it a lot more competitive. The zest that you always associated with him looked to be back - the way that he travelled and the way that he jumped and the authority he did it with.

"You could crib he looked a bit empty from the back of the last, but it was his first run of the season, so of course he was going to get tired.

"You'd love what he did all the way through the race - it was exciting to watch."

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