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Ruby jumps for joy over Un De Sceaux

Ruby Walsh expressed his delight that Un De Sceaux (pictured) put a fall on his chasing debut firmly behind him with an impressive victory at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

He was thrilled that the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old put in an excellent round of jumping when making all the running in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.

In doing so, Un De Sceaux boosted his prospects for the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham in March for which he is one of the ante-post favourites along with stablemate Vautour.

"That was just what we wanted from Un de Sceaux. To get the job done," Walsh said.

"He jumped like a buck - bar over-jumping the first, but he learned from it. He was more or less foot perfect after that.

"He's learning all the time and I was very pleased with him as the ground was testing.

"I'll leave the hard job of where he's going to go next to his trainer Willie Mullins.

"I'd imagine he'll try to get one more run into him at least before a tilt at the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham next March."