Hobbs' Defi going chasing
Philip Hobbs hopes to see Defi Du Seuil getting his career back on track in the coming months as he embarks on a novice chasing career.
The JP McManus-owned five-year-old was Britain's best juvenile hurdler in the 2016/17 season but things did not go to plan last term.
He is still a very exciting horse and let's hope he can show that in two-mile novice chases.Philip Hobbs
Hobbs, who has suggested his yard was "out of sorts" as a whole during last season, is eager to see Defi Du Seuil going over the larger obstacles this season, with the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham a potential spring destination.
Defi Du Seuil won all seven start over timber as a juvenile, peaking with spring Grade One successes in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.
He returned last winter with a reputation to uphold, but was disappointing in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot in November. Hobbs would send him to the track just once more, when he trailed home in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in February as Supasundae won for Jessica Harrington.
With time very much still on his side, Hobbs is eagerly anticipating seeing Defi Du Seuil go over fences this season.
"He is in good form and he will start straight over fences somewhere in the next month when we have had enough rain," the trainer told At The Races.
"He enjoyed such a wonderful campaign as a juvenile hurdler, but just wasn't right last season. He was sent back to Martinstown Stud and has enjoyed a good summer break. He is still a very exciting horse and let's hope he can show that in two-mile novice chases."
Defi Du Seuil is a 20/1 chance to win the Arkle at Cheltenham in March. Gordon Elliott's Samcro is 5/1, while Kalashnikov, second in last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle, is a 7/1 chance for trainer Amy Murphy.
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