Trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed that injury has brought jumps racing legend Un De Sceaux's career to an end.
The 10-time Grade 1 winner's career has been brought to an end after he suffered a suspensory ligament injury when being put through his paces earlier this week.
The decision concludes what has been a distinguished career for Un De Sceaux, as he won 23 of his 34 starts, including three successes in the Clarence House Chase and two in the Punchestown Champion Chase.
Un de Sceaux had been preparing for a sixth run at this year's Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Chase, but Mullins has now confirmed he has been forced to retire the 12-year-old, who enjoyed two wins at Prestbury Park in the 2015 Arkle and 2017 Ryanair Chase.
"Unfortunately, Un De Sceaux has been retired," Mullins announced. "He worked on Thursday and worked well but he wasn't right afterwards. Our vet checked him out this morning and confirmed that he had suffered a suspensory ligament injury.
"He was a fantastic racehorse first over hurdles and then over fences and gave us and his owners, the O'Connell family, many great days. He's 12 but was still showing all the enthusiasm he displayed throughout his career."
Article Posted on Friday 28th February 2020 @ 12.36
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