Ascot defence could be next for Sandown hero Sceaux

Un De Sceaux (far side) gets the better of Sire De Grugy at Sandown

PICTURE: Getty Images Ascot defence could be next for Un De Sceaux By Lewis Porteous 3:00PM 5 DEC 2016

A TRIP to Ascot to defend his Sodexo Clarence House Chase title or a step up in trip could be next on the agenda for Saturday's Tingle Creek hero Un De Sceaux.

Trained by Willie Mulling for the O'Connell family, the often exuberant Un De Sceaux showed a steely determination to get the better of a titanic battle with Sire De Grugy at Sandown and his big-race jockey Ruby Walsh thinks the Ascot Grade 1 on January 21 might be the best fit for his next start.

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Un De Sceaux already holds an entry in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown on December 27 but Walsh said: "He had a plenty hard enough race for his first run of the season and whether he turns out that quick only time will tell."

Speaking to RacingUK, he added: "He won at Ascot last year and I'm sure going back there wouldn't be out of the question.

"We also know he gets further so stepping up in trip wouldn't be a problem but the ground will be the deciding factor in that."

Douvan heading to Cork

Un De Sceaux is a top-price 10-1 with a number of bookmakers for the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March, for which stablemate Douvan is the odds-on favourite.

Despite missing the Tingle Creek, Douvan is reported to be in "great form" by Walsh, who said all roads lead to Cork on Sunday and the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase for the return of last season's Racing Post Arkle winner.

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