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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Punchestown 2015: Stage is ready for Un De Sceaux to serve up a storm

Un De Sceaux
Un De Sceaux

On a day when Hurricane Fly and Jezki will take up centre stage, the breathtaking Un De Sceaux is also set to wow the Punchestown crowds tomorrow evening.

 

Fresh from his foot perfect display when winning the Arkle at Cheltenham, Un De Sceaux has to be one of the most exciting horses in training for his trailblazing front-running tactics. So far he boasts the impressive record of winning all of his completed starts with just the one blot on his copybook to date when he tipped up on his chasing debut at Thurles.

Going into Cheltenham, the only question mark over Un De Sceaux was whether or not he would get around because few seemed capable of overturning him.

Tomorrow’s scenario seems even clearer as few would question his jumping on the basis of what was seen around the Cotswolds and you’d have to think that winning the Ryanair Novice Chase tomorrow could be a stepping stone to possibly taking next season’s Champion Chase.

Yesterday, Enda Bolger won the opening race over the famous Punchestown banks course, which is the foundation for what has us here this week, and Bolger has certainly an unrivalled record around the unique track.

Many will be turning to him once again in tomorrow’s FBD La Touche when he saddles Quantitativeeasing, who appeared unlucky when getting carried out at Cheltenham.

The winner of the Cheltenham equivalent is also here as Tony Martin runs the Gigginstown-owned Rivage D’or who seems rejuvenated for the different surroundings of the cross country race and it’ll be hard to overlook him again with Davy Russell renewing the partnership and looking for his first win in the race.

Local trainer Arthur Moore has enjoyed many memorable days at the Punchestown Festival and his charge Dundridge could get the day off to a good start.

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