UN DE SCEAUX'S Glanmire connections are looking forward to Saturday's clash with Defi Du Seuil in the Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
The O’Connell family will fly from Cork on Saturday morning with a 34-strong party hoping to win their fourth Grade 1 Clarence House.
“He’s got that ability to tear the heart of a horse especially when the ground is desperate,” said Colm O’Connell.
The forecast for soft going will enhance the prospects of the O’Connell horse.
“If Ascot gets the rain that is forecast I can’t see why you’d want to take on Un De Sceaux as he’s destroyed horses on soft and heavy,” added Colm.
“It looks like we’ve got a rematch with Defi Du Seuil and we’re really looking forward to it because Ascot is a racecourse he likes and there wasn’t much in it when he pipped us at Sandown.
“We were coming back at the line and this is almost a furlong and a half further on Saturday.
“If Defi Du Seuil beats us again we’ll take it but there’s no point being in a horsebox wondering what might have happened.”
Not many horses are still capable of mixing it with the best at the highest level when they turn 12, but Un De Sceaux could be the exception to the rule given how well he ran just a month ago.
“I don’t think anyone at Willie Mullins yard can understand him as they are scratching their heads wondering how can a horse at 12 keep doing what he does?
“You’d have to admire the (Philip) Hobbs team because if they win in a grueller (with Defi Du Seuil) what are they left with and if they lose a grueller where do they go?
“Either way, he is going to have to go flat out against our absolute nut-job of a horse!”