Un De Sceaux: exciting hurdler is unbeaten in eight startsPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Fly and Jezki clash
still on for Un De Sceaux
WILLIE MULLINS has not ruled out the possibility of the unbeaten Un De Sceaux taking on Champion Hurdle winner Jezki and Hurricane Fly in a mouthwatering Racing Post Hurdle at Punchestown next month.
The exciting six-year-old made it eight wins from eight starts at Auteuil last month and his participation in the Punchestown Grade 1, which stablemate Hurricane Fly has won for the last four years, would add huge interest.
He missed the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, in which Hurricane Fly was five lengths behind Jezki in fourth, but could line up on May 2.
"I'm not certain where we will go next with Un De Sceaux - if he goes to Punchestown, he will run in the Racing Post Champion Hurdle," Mullins said on Tuesday.
"Hurricane Fly will run and he is in good shape.
"We are really looking forward to him coming back and renewing his rivalry with Jezki. I'm really looking forward to the week.
Annie Power, who lost her unbeaten record when second to More Of That in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham, is also entered in the race, but could run in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle or the Ladbroke World Series Hurdle
"We will have a look at the entries closer to the time. She came out of Cheltenham well and is in good form again going into Punchestown," added Mullins, who confirmed six-time Cheltenham winner Quevega will bid for a fifth success in the World Series Hurdle.
The trainer, who has saddled more than 100 winners at Punchestown's premier meeting, also has a strong squad of novices, which he describes as his "best ever".
Cheltenham winners Vautour (goes for the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle), Faugheen (Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle) and Don Poli (Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle) are all intended runners, as is Racing Post Arkle second Champagne Fever who will step up to 3m1f for the Growise Champion Novice Chase.