Un De Sceaux: exciting Grade 2 winner will begin over fences on Thursday
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UN DE SCEAUX is set to be unleashed over fences at Thurles on Thursday, with Willie Mullins bemoaning the lack of opportunities for his new recruits to chasing.
Hot on the heels of Vautour’s flawless chasing debut at Navan on Sunday, Un De Sceaux will run in the 2m2f beginners’ chase on Thursday, but Ireland’s champion trainer feels there are not sufficient opportunities in such races for classier hurdlers.
“Un De Sceaux is entered at Thurles on Thursday and my plan at the moment is to run him there,” Mullins said.
“That’s over two miles two furlongs, so it’s an extra two furlongs, but there’s very little racing between now and Christmas, so it’s a case of getting him out whenever we can.”
On the beginners’ chase schedule in Ireland, Mullins said: “We don’t have the same opportunities as the trainers in England, who can choose from different tracks and distances. In Ireland, we just have to go with whatever comes up in front of us.
“A lot of the beginners’ chases at this time of year are confined to horses rated 109 or lower over hurdles. At a time of the year when racing is very sparse, I find opportunities for trainers are being cut down.”
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