Un De Sceaux produced a scintillating performance to win the Ryanair Chase, and the well-backed 7/4 favourite duly handed Willie Mullins his 50th career success as a trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, as the Closutton handler also bagged his second success on day three of the meeting.
Ruby Walsh, who had piloted Yorkhill to victory earlier in the afternoon, was forced to take the handbrake off Un De Sceaux, as he pulled himself to the front, and a sensational round of jumping, bar one sketchy leap, saw him pull six lengths clear of his rivals approaching the home straight.
However, jumping the last fence, Walsh was still motionless in the saddle, and while he was getting tired in the closing stages of the race, he managed to have enough class to hold off the staying-on Sub Lieutenant, with Aso running a huge race back in third.
Having had no winners on days one or two, the Mullins, Walsh combination were back on top form, and this victory saw the former notch up his 50th Cheltenham Festival victory, and there's sure to be a lot more in the future.
14:50 Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Festival Trophy) 1.Un De Sceaux - W Mullins - R Walsh - 7/4f 2.Sub Lieutenant - H De Bromhead - D Mullins - 8/1 3.Aso - V Williams - C Deutsch - 40/1 8 Ran