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Un De Sceaux proves he is the real deal in Arkle romp


Un De Sceaux

Un De Sceaux

Un De Sceaux

Nothing was going to overshadow Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown yesterday but, while those in attendance won't be forgetting his 22nd Grade One triumph, they'll also be speaking of Un De Sceaux's first for a long time to come, writes Niall Cronin.

It was an incredible 150th Grade One win for the jockey Ruby Walsh who would later make it 151 on Hurricane Fly and while only three lined up for yesterday's Irish Arkle, you couldn't handpick a better field for the race.

The winner was simply sensational and is now odds-on for the Cheltenham equivalent in just over six-weeks time.

Kept out of Grade One company as a hurdler, Un De Sceaux (pictured) banished fears about quicker ground and stepping up in class by making all the running yet again to record a 15-length success from Grade One winner Clarcam in second, who significantly carried 10lbs less than the winner and still was no match.

A fall at Thurles on his chasing debut is his only blot to date but it was something he thankfully learned from, according to Walsh.

"I knew I was either going to be very long at the last or very tight and I wondered what he would do but in fairness to him he danced on the take-off board and the first thing I saw were his two hooves out in front of me and that's what you want to see. You learn that from falling!" he said.

Trainer Willie Mullins admitted: "He passed the test today. I was concerned about the good ground but if anything he was better on it because of his style of racing he needs a firmer footing over fences. If he can repeat that performance (at Cheltenham), he'll be hard to beat."