The great veteran Un De Sceaux was finally retired in February at the age of 12 just before he was set to run in in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but due to a slight niggle connections thought best to end his career before the Grade One.
His ligament problem was spotted after he did a final piece of work ahead of the Wednesday feature contest and if he would of run at Cheltenham it would have been his seventh appearance at the track.
Un De Sceaux will go down as one of the greats of the sport over the last 10 years finishing outside of the top two places just once in 21 completed runs over fences, with the majority of which were in Grade One company.
He ended his career having won 23 of 34 races under rules and more than £1.5 million in prize-money with his move to Willie Mullins back in 2013 being the start of his long road to success.
Out of the six times he ran at Prestbury Park, five of them came at the festival where he managed to land the Arkle in 2015 and the Ryanair Chase in 2017.
(Credit At The Races) He is now set to move back over to France and having left Mullins' yard the other day the handler said: “Un De Sceaux is leaving us today for his new life in France. A horse with a remarkable attitude & a will to win like no other, he will be really missed around the yard.
“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.”