Ground key to Cheltenham target for Defi Du Seuil

Defi Du Seuil impresses at Exeter
Defi Du Seuil impresses at Exeter

Philip Hobbs says ground conditions will help determine which race Defi Du Seuil contests at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Minehead handler intends to give the multiple Grade One winning-hurdler another outing over fences ahead of the March feature, but is yet to decide whether to keep him at two and a half miles for the JLT or drop him back in trip for the Arkle.

After opening his chasing account at Exeter on his penultimate start, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old found only Lostintranslation too strong in a Grade Two at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Hobbs said: "Barry Geraghty thought that two and a half miles was his trip. If the ground was soft, he has got plenty of pace over two miles. I think we are flexible.

"It depends on the ground and what is going to run in the two races. He would run again before Cheltenham and I expect it will just be the once more.

"I've not discussed with them yet what is going to happen. I think we will see how the horse gets on over the next week."


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