CHAMPION jockey AP McCoy is confident Glanmire hero Un de Sceaux can deliver again at Cheltenham.
“Un De Sceaux has a great chance particularly now that he will have the ground that he relishes and hopefully the O’Connell family and his loyal supporters in Glanmire and Cork will have another wonderful day in the Cotswolds,” said AP McCoy ahead of the Ryanair Chase next Thursday.
McCoy was speaking at the Castle Bar in Riverstown, when a capacity attendance were treated to a highly entertaining Cheltenham Preview.
The panel included AP McCoy, Joseph O’Brien, Garry O’Brien, Kevin O’Ryan and Colm O’Connell, deputising for the popular Davy Russell who was unable to attend due to the funeral of his mother.
Colm O’Connell son of owner Edward is keenly looking forward to the festival as Un de Sceaux bids to retain the retain the Ryanair Chase on Thursday, March 15.
“We have had great days with this incredible horse and hopefully he will give us another one to cherish but on the other side of the coin we know there will be younger horses yearning to take his crown,” said Colm O’Connell.
O’Connell brought laughter from the huge attendance when describing the years of happiness they have experienced with their prize asset.
“The horse is special as he was the last horse that my father Eddie was involved in purchasing and after taking years to control him he seems to have settled down in his 10th year," added O’Connell.
The recent injury of Ruby Walsh was up for discussion but Colm was adamant he will be ready to take the ride on Un de Sceaux.
“I have said on many occasions that when Ruby gets up on Un De Sceaux the horse knows it’s Showtime,” concluded O’Connell.