Sceaux surprise Sandown entry

Un De Sceaux was a surprise star name amongst nine entries for the Betfred "Double Delight" Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

The six-year-old has earned quotes of 10/1 and 12/1 for the Stan James Champion Hurdle even though his trainer Willie Mullins has a powerful entry headed by titleholder Hurricane Fly.

Un De Sceaux has won all his four starts over hurdles and would be taking a step up in class in this Listed contest as one of his potential rivals is Melodic Rendezvous, around a 25/1 shot for the Champion.

Jeremy Scott's stable star got his season back on track after a below-par run in the Fighting Fifth at Cheltenham when winning the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock earlier this month.

Nicky Henderson has put in Whisper, who has an alternative entry on Saturday in the Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.

The list, after the race had been re-opened until today as insufficent entries were initially received, is filled by First Avenue, Act Of Kalanisi, Clonusker, Fergall, House Party and Sonoran Sands.