Un De Sceaux bounds clear for third Clarence House victory

Filed on 22 Jan 2018 @ 10:28

The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux won the Grade One Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase at Ascot for the third time when pulling clear of his rivals to beat Speredek by seven lengths on Saturday.

This was the eighth Grade One win for the 10-year-old.

Winning rider Paul Townend said: "I rode my horse to suit him and the further we went, the more confident I was getting.

"It was hard work, but it was job done today.

"It's great to get the opportunity to ride these horses. I spoke to Ruby (Walsh) this morning. He's always helpful when he's on the sidelines and I'm grateful to Willie and all the owners.

"He has a massive heart."

Mullins said: "To do that three years running on two different tracks on what looked very tacky ground is great.

"It looks like he's racing a lot more relaxed nowadays which means we can ride him differently. I was very happy with his jumping.

"I'd be happy enough to go back for the Ryanair Chase after what he did last year, but lets see what happens with all the other horses first.

"He's an iron horse and takes his training very seriously every morning. He's there to be shot at making the running, usually.

"We thought there might be a couple of front-runners today so Paul said he was happy enough to let them go if they wanted to, and sure enough there was a front-runner in there and it suited us."

Filed on 22 Jan 2018 @ 10:28