Ryanair is Sceaux per­fect

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - CLASSIFIED - BY PETER O’HEHIR

UN De Sceaux re­mains on course for the Ryanair Chase at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, ac­cord­ing to trainer Wil­lie Mullins. No match for Sprinter Sacre in the two-mile cham­pi­onship last year, his han­dler stressed: “It’s the Ryanair for him, ground or no ground. “He’s set­tling bet­ter as he gets older and there should be no is­sue with the trip.” Mullins, who was speak­ing at his an­nual pre-fes­ti­val press day at Clo­sut­ton, also in­di­cated that both Shaneshill and Clon­daw War­rior in the Stay­ers Hur­dle. The sta­ble will be strongly-rep­re­sented across the novice divi­sion at Chel­tenham, with Mullins con­firm­ing that it’s a case of “all good” with Yorkhill ahead of his bid for the JLT Novice Chase. But Grade 1 win­ner Satur­nas is ex­pected to miss Chel­tenham due to a pulled mus­cle. Mullins in­di­cated that Let’s Dance and Air­lie Beach might have to clash in the Dawn Run Mares Novice Hur­dle, with Augusta Kate set to re­new Naas ri­valry with Gor­don El­liott’s Death Duty in the Al­bert Bartlett, also the likely tar­get for the likes of C’est Jersey and Kem­boy. Mullins in­tends to run at least four in the Supreme Novices – the highly-re­garded Melon, Bunk Off Early, Crack Mome and Ci­laos Emery and re­ferred to the like­li­hood of Ruby Walsh choos­ing to ride Melon as “an easy enough de­ci­sion.” Ba­paume and Marie De­vie - “bet­ter than her last run in Leop­ard­stown” - will be the Clo­sut­ton rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the JCB Tri­umph Hur­dle. And Mullins has made five en­tries for the Cham­pion Bumper – favourite Carter Mckay, Bal­ly­ward (re­cov­er­ing from a pulled mus­cle), Next Des­ti­na­tion and the mares Red hot filly pep­per and Mys­ti­cal Theatre.

CHEL­TENHAM-BOUND Wil­lie Mullins’ Un De Sceaux

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