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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Un De Sceaux shows up the perils of jump racing

It's hard to believe we had a 1/8 favourite for a beginners chase at Thurles yesterday but in fairness to Un De Sceaux he looked like he was going to what everyone expected him to do until the third last.

Until he fell he was absolutely flying but he just caught the top of the fence and down he came. They are there to be jumped and you can't do that.

The difficult thing for Willie now is where does he go with him?

There are very few beginners chases left before Christmas for competitors like him as so many are restricted to horses who are rated below a certain mark over hurdles, so it'll be interesting to see where he goes next. You'd like to be going into a Grade One at Christmas with a win or more experience under your belt.

On the other hand, Vautour was excellent at Navan last Sunday. Going down the back straight it was like he was just hacking to the start. It seemed like he was floating and the rest of them were in top gear. He was unbelievable. I'd say if they had to go another mile in Navan last Sunday, Vautour could have won by three fences. He's very exciting wherever he goes.

Another horse that I really liked was Free Expression. He won the novice hurdle for Gordon Elliott and he was green but he has still done everything asked of him and he cannot do any more. He was well thought of going for his bumper and his maiden, but going and winning is another thing and he's done that every day.

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