Hilly Way option for Sceaux as Mullins seeks another big-race success

Tuesday, Dec 4 2018

Last year’s winner Un De Sceaux is one of three possible runners for Willie Mullins in the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday.

The perennial champion trainer has saddled 10 of the last 11 winners of the Grade Two contest and looks to have every chance of adding to his tally.

The remarkable Un De Sceaux made a successful start to the last campaign when dominating his rivals 12 months ago, but whether he returns to defend his crown remains to be seen as he also holds weekend entries in the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the John Durkan at Punchestown.

His stable companion Min has the same three options, while another Mullins inmate, Great Field, could run at either Sandown or Cork.

The Closutton trio feature among 12 entries for the Hilly Way. Other contenders include the Gordon Elliott-trained quartet of A Toi Phil, Dinaria Des Obeaux, Doctor Phoenix and Mrs Lovett.

Henry de Bromhead has entered Special Tiara and Three Stars, while Tony Martin’s Cheltenham Gold Cup third Anibale Fly is also in the mix.

Pat Fahy’s Castlegrace Paddy and the Liam Burke-trained Sumos Novios complete the list.

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