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Un De Sceaux record on the line in France

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Un De Sceaux. Picture: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Un De Sceaux. Picture: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Un De Sceaux. Picture: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

LEOPARDSTOWN host a couple of Guineas Trials on their all-flat card on Sunday and there's a Grade Two novice chase on the same day at Limerick, who stage an all-jumps card, while there is also a Grade Two at Navan tomorrow – and that's not the end of it.

There's a lot more going on, with Irish horses not only headed for Dubai but also France and Australia. The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux (pictured) bypassed a tilt at the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as his trainer didn't think it was the right thing for him now and the alternative will be a date back to his homeland on Sunday where he'll line up in the Grade Three Prix Hypothese at Auteuil.

A field of 10 will line up and they include Gemix who lowered the colours of Solwhit last year but Paddy Power have installed Un De Sceaux as the 10/11 favourtie with Barry Geraghty booked to ride.

Mullins will put Un De Sceaux's unbeaten record on the line in the 2m3f contest and he admitted earlier in the week that he hasn't made any plans regarding the six-year-old going to Punchestown yet.

Meanwhile, in Australia, Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron is set to line up in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow.

The six-year-old Group One winner is in Australia to take part in The Championships which will take place at Randwick in Sydney and Hogan's stable star is set to line up tomorrow in preparation for a likely start in the TJ Smith Stakes which is worth AUS $1m.

Hogan has Gordon Lord Byron in the TJ Smith Stakes and the Doncaster Mile and a decision on which of the Group One's he'll line up in is likely to be made after his prep run.


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