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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Willie Mullins with the latest insight on his runners today

Un De Sceaux is bidding for a hat-trick in the Clarence House Chase
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Un De Sceaux (3.35 Ascot)

We are very hopeful he'll be able to win the race for the third year in a row. We were delighted with his first run of the season at Cork last month when he won the Hilly Way Chase by 25 lengths and all has been good with him since.

This will be a bigger test, but he's a seven-time Grade 1 winner and the ratings show he's easily the best horse in the race. He's shown he handles the track well and soft conditions suit him well, although slower ground would suit him even better. He has plenty going for him and we're hoping all goes well.

Antey (1.00 Navan)

Finished third over 2m on his hurdling debut and goes up in trip. He was quite keen at Leopardstown and we're hoping the longer trip and maybe a change of tactics might suit. He's been in good form since his run at Christmas.

Turcagua (2.45 Navan)

Turcagua's form over hurdles tapered off last season when he was pulled up on his last two starts. He seems in good form and if he shows his true ability then he could go very close. He's schooled well and will like the ground if his lack of experience doesn't tell against him.

Cadmium (2.45 Navan)

Cadmium is a decent sort who won over hurdles at Limerick on his only start for us over a year ago. He's had a few training setbacks, but he's ready for action and should like the ground and the distance.

Chateau Conti (2.45 Navan)

Chateau Conti is heading for the sales at Doncaster next week and we decided to try him over fences before that. He has been disappointing over hurdles, though, running two poor races since winning at Fairyhouse in November.

Bonbon Au Miel (2.45 Navan)

Bonbon Au Miel probably needed the run at Fairyhouse last month when he dropped out quickly after three out in a 3m contest. You would have to think that run will have brought him on and hopefully any improvement will put him in with a good chance in this beginners' chase.

Castlebawn West (3.50 Navan)

This nice type by Westerner makes his debut against only three rivals in the bumper. He's a real bumper sort and his pedigree suggests he'll like the ground. He's been pleasing us and we're expecting him to go well.

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He has plenty going for him and we're hoping all goes well
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