Walsh returns to guide Un De Sceaux to victory
Un De Sceaux stretched his unbeaten record to nine with another superb front-running victory in the Prix Leon Rambaud at Auteuil.
The dual French bumper winner has made a huge impression since making his debut for Willie Mullins in February of last year, barely coming off the bridle in his first five starts over hurdles in Ireland. The six-year-old returned to his homeland to clinch the Prix Hypothese at the end of March, just holding the late thrust of French star Gemix, and the two locked horns again at Grade Two level in Paris.
With Ruby Walsh making his comeback from the injuries he suffered at the Cheltenham Festival, Un De Sceaux soon adopted his customary front-running role. Saint Du Chenet was the first to challenge, with Gemix waiting in the wings, but Un De Sceaux skipped over the final flight and stayed on to take the prize with something to spare.
Mullins is unsure whether Un De Sceaux will run again this season. "It was a good performance as the ground is very testing and he was staying on well at the end," he said. "I don't have anything else in mind for him at this stage, but we'll have a look at the French calendar."
At home, John Oxx's Tarana came out best in a two-horse thrust for the line in the Listed Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick under a power-packed ride from Declan McDonogh.
The feature race on the card lived up to its billing as 7/4 favourite Inis Meain and Danny Mullins made it a true test. Tarana and El Salvador went past and were locked together at the post, with Tarana getting a nose verdict. "Declan said that he thought he was caught, but she had her head in the right place," said Oxx.
Meanwhile, owner Graham Wylie has paid tribute to Tidal Bay following the news the popular veteran has been retired.
The 13-year-old won 15 races and amassed over £800,000 during his career, winning three Grade One events including the Lexus Chase.
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