House party for Sceaux
Un De Sceaux, who was last week given the option of running in Cheltenham's Ryanair Chase as well as the Champion Chase, is odds on to win Saturday's Grade One Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old does hold an entry in Thursday's Grade Three Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles, which is over 2m4f, but last year's Clarence House winner heads a potential field of eight for Saturday's Grade One contest.
Ridden to victory by Ruby Walsh when having five lengths to spare over Sire De Grugy last season, he again beat Gary Moore's former Champion Chase winner when claiming the Tingle Creek last month.
Gary Moore again looks to hold the biggest challenge to Un De Sceaux with Ar Mad the 2/1 second favourite with bookmakers BoyleSports but Moore also has Sire De Grugy in the line-up.
As was flagged up by trainer Nicky Henderson last week, his leading novice prospect Altior wasn't left in at the five-day forfeit stage yesterday and Henderson is now without an entry in the race.
In-form trainer Henry de Bromhead is responsible for the other Irish candidate with Special Tiara among the entries, alongside Paul Nicholls' 2015 champion chase winner Dodging Bullets and the field is completed by Kerry Lee's Top Gamble, Royal Regatta for Philip Hobbs and the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Eastlake.
Meanwhile, Gordon Elliott, who was among the winners at Ayr yesterday, has entered 12 horses in the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park later this month.
Among Elliott's haul of big handicap wins this season are the Galway Plate, Kerry National, Munster National, the Troytown, the Paddy Power and last Sunday's Dan Moore at Fairyhouse while he expects to be well represented in the Coral.ie Leopardstown Chase this coming weekend as well as the Coral.ie Hurdle.
A total of 40 entries were received for the Kilkenny track's feature race of the year with Elliott's Roi Des Francs heading the weights.
Local trainer Willie Mullins has enjoyed a good record in the race in recent years and may be represented by Pleasant Company, Tennis Cap, Sambremont or Rolly Baby and last year's winner My Murphy is again set to take his chance for Liam Burke with 11st1lbs.