Top chaser Un De Sceaux retired by trainer Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins has said legendary chaser Un De Sceaux will be 'impossible' to replace after he was retired just 11 days before the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

The 12-year-old was being prepared for his sixth run at the meeting, but the trainer called time on his career due to injury.

During his seven years on the track in Britain and Ireland, he gained many fans for his bold front running style, which won his connections over £1.5 million in prize money.

The veteran triumphed in 23 of his 34 starts including two races at The Festival- the 2015 Arkle and 2017 Ryanair Chase.

His record has ten Grade One races on it, the highest level in National Hunt racing, for owners the O'Connell family.

"He's been a huge star in our yard and he'll be hugely missed," Mullins said.

"You can't replace horses like him – it's impossible. He was a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and we were very lucky to have him.

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