Sceaux splendid at Cheltenham

Un De Sceaux was a comfortable winner of the rearranged Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham.

Ruby Walsh riding Un De Sceaux

The Irish raider was a warm order for the Grade One contest that had been moved following the abandonment of Ascot.

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Special Tiara adopted his usual prominent position and had seen off Royal Regatta on the far side but Ruby Walsh had the 1/2 favourite on his shoulders and took up the running fully five from home.

The field closed in but with Walsh motionless in the saddle the result never looked in doubt despite a less than convincing leap two out which allowed Top Gamble and Uxizandre, having his first start since winning the Ryanair Chase in 2015, to close up.

The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old was better at the last but didn't quicken as might have been hoped and he had to be ridden out by Walsh to score by five lengths from Uxizandre.

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