Un De Sceaux has Champion Hurdle potential
Last Updated: 30/12/13 8:04pm
Un De Sceaux: Could be a Champion Hurdle horse
Ruby Walsh believes that he has the answer to Nigel Twiston-Davies' search for a Stan James Champion Hurdle pacemaker for The New One.
Twiston-Davies was left considering running a stablemate at Cheltenham after his stable star was, again, forced to make much of his own running in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
The New One actually looked like holding off his main rival for much of the straight until a mistake at the last allowed My Tent Or Yours to sweep past.
The Naunton handler has a horse in mind to do the job but Walsh doesn't believe that would be necessary if Un De Sceaux is allowed to take his chance.
The five year old is unbeaten in five career starts and the leading jockey believes that the French import is firmly in the 'could be anything category'.
"He's a cracking horse. How good could he be? How long's a piece of string? He's been very impressive in everything he's done," he told Racing UK.
"He's a straightforward kind of horse in that he wears his heart on his sleeve and jumps out and goes a good gallop. I'm not sure where he's going to go next but I'd imagine he has to have a step up in class.
"I think he could be a Champion Hurdle horse one day. The New One won't need a pacemaker if he runs! He's a really, really good horse and it would take a fair horse to get past him," he added.
Un De Sceaux is a general 16/1 chance for the Champion Hurdle.