Sous Les Cieux: the six-year-old died in a schooling accidentPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Accident claims Mullins novice Sous Les Cieux
SOUS LES CIEUX, for whom Willie Mullins had considerable optimism this season, has died in a schooling accident.
The six-year-old, owned by Susannah Ricci, joined the Closutton yard from France in 2010 and won two hurdle races last season before finishing third in the Grade 1 3m novice hurdle at Punchestown last year.
"It's very unfortunate - he died in a schooling accident. He was going to go novice chasing and was actually a brilliant jumper. I was looking forward to him tackling a fence," said Mullins.
The champion trainer reports his top horses in good shape and is looking forward to the return of Hurricane Fly. Last year's Champion Hurdle third is as big as 6-1 to regain his crown in 2013, although Mullins believes that the son of Montjeu is appreciably stronger this year.
He said: "I am hoping he can recapture his old form and I am very pleased with him. He worked well on Saturday morning. I expect he will make his return on November 18 in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown."