Defi du Seuil now Gr1 winner

228722Defi Du Seuil brushes aside Chepstow rivals

Report: Chepstow, Tuesday / Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle | 2m11y | 3yo

DEFI DU SEUIL overcame a few untidy jumps in the home straight to power away from his four rivals at Chepstow and justify odds of 4-5. Stretching his unbeaten record with Philip Hobbs to four, the leading Triumph Hurdle hopeful gave his supporters a few nervous moments as he jumped the final three flights but was never threatened otherwise.

In the end, the winning margin was a yawning 13 lengths, with the highly regarded Evening Hush the best of the rest in second, having been sent off at odds of 5-2. Winning jockey Richard Johnson said: « He’s very good and I was pleasantly shocked at the way he picked up turning in. If we had a wet spring he would take a lot of beating against the top juveniles.

« I lit him up and got him there to soon, but down the back straight his jumping was really good. He was a bit clumsy and green up the straight but he’s a very good jumper and has done it really well. » Hobbs added: « He was very impressive and the only minus was his jumping up the home straight, which was appalling and he is usually brilliant. Maybe he was in front for a bit too long.

« The Triumph is his aim so we will work back from that – going straight there is a possibility but he is very, very tough so maybe we will look at the four-year-old hurdle on Trials Day at Cheltenham at the end of January. »

‘He’s brilliant’

Evan Williams, trainer of the runner-up, had high praise for the winner and said: « Our’s is a good one and he destroyed us. No complaints, he beat us fair and square. We’ve run a blinder but this one is a machine, no mistake. He’s brilliant, we’re just very good. « We’ll look at Cheltenham in January or the Adonis. She’s good enough to win a Grade 2. » Paddy Power responded to the win by shortening Defi Du Seuil from 6-1 into 3-1 favouritism for March’s Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.