Un De Sceaux
30th April 2019 – Punchestown – He was joined over the first two fences by the outsider but made all the running from thereon in. He took an extra stride at one of the early fences but was pretty much foot perfect aside from that. He made ground on the runner up at three or four fences and this was part of the reason why he proved too good in the finish. The overnight rain was a big plus to his claims and it was brilliant to see him return to his best.
30th April 2019 – Punchestown – He followed the front two over the first couple of fences before tracking the all the way winner thereafter. This represented a very different test compared with his Aintree success. He left his hind legs in the sixth fence and the second last and was also quite slow over three out. The winner was generally quicker over his obstacles which played a significant part in his success. He looked unbeatable at Aintree and this performance is a very healthy remainder of how horses can run to a very different standard depending on how each race happens to unfold. Moreover it is also possible that his spectacular success at Aintree took its toll.
30th April 2019 – Punchestown – He was held up out the back and picked up plenty of pieces by staying on for third place. It will read better than it is in reality.
30th April 2019 – Punchestown – He had failed to complete in his latest two runs and so this seemed to be a case of a clear round being the main objective. He was held up in fourth spot in the early stages and jumped okay apart from being a bit clumsy two out. Hopefully this clear round will result in one or two wins next year when the very top horses are missing. Presumably he will resort to his usual front running role when he is busier than he was today.
30th April 2019 – Punchestown – This horse has been spectacularly good when running in a target race. This contest wasn’t one of those as he was held up in last place and the object of this exercise appeared to be a clear round and a bit of prize money. He will be interesting for at least one big prize next season and will surely be allowed to bowl along when the money is down. Guessing which day that will be is the dilemma.
30th April 2019 – Punchestown – I think he lost his chance of a place after taking on the winner over the first few fences. I thought he would have picked up a few pieces if held up out the back.