Weekend review: Defi Du Seuil dominates Clarence House
Watch out Altior! Defi Du Seuil made a huge statement for Cheltenham after an utterly dominate display in the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase.
The Philip Hobbs two mile chaser flew over the fences at Ascot and powered home in a display which saw him installed as the favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March.
The last fence epitomised his bold round of jumping where he took off at speed, and, upon landing, accelerated away to put the race to bed.
A mention must go to the hugely game Un De Sceaux, a strong front-running performance who didn’t quite have enough after a slight blunder at the second last.
Another top-class performance from the 12 year old star, however.
What a horse 🐎
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) January 18, 2020
Saturday’s Clarence House was Defi Du Seuil’s sixth Grade 1 victory, 10th Graded win and 14th career victory. Impressive stats for the seven year old – especially considering he suffered from injury and a lack of form at five.
The Champion Chase looks his next target even though Hobbs is not ruling out the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.
He’ll face a much tougher test against one of the greatest two mile chasers ever in Altior should he take the Champion Chase route. In what promises to be a mouthwatering clash if it were to happen.
Barry Geraghty reflecting on Saturday’s win said, “It was dazzling and breathtaking, I love riding him. He’s not the biggest in the world but has so much scope. He’s up for it and that’s what you love about good two-mile chasers.
“Moscow Flyer wasn’t the biggest or flashiest but he was up for it and so is this lad.”
“I’m relishing the chance to win the Champion Chase again and the dream is alive. Altior is a superstar but if that’s the race Defi goes for, you look forward to it.”
Real Steel shows his metal
Over in Ireland, eyes turned to the Grade 2 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thrules on Sunday.
The improving Real Steel defeated stablemate Footpad by a 14-length margin, putting him right in the Ryanair and Gold Cup picture.
He showed he had plenty left in the tank when crossing the line which pleased trainer Willie Mullins.
Real Steel shows plenty of class to upset stable companion Footpad in Grade 2 action over in 🇮🇪!
— Great British Racing (@GBRacing) January 19, 2020
Reaction: Excitement builds for brilliant Defi Du Seuil
Defi Du Seuil at the last yesterday 🚀 pic.twitter.com/ppiKvGutrE
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) January 19, 2020
— Luca Viscogliosi (@TalksLuca) January 19, 2020
Defi Du Seuil ❤️ Made my day pic.twitter.com/TBiBLCj4y7
— Charles Hunt (@charles_hunt12) January 18, 2020
What a fantastic battle this could be for the 2 mile chasing division 👍
Altior vs Defi Du Seuil in the Champion Chase! 🐎
Literally what dreams are made of hey Twitter!?🌟 pic.twitter.com/sRIbkzU3BH
— Jake Russell (@JakeRuss1000) January 18, 2020
Defi Du Seuil getting led onto the track before winning the Clarence House, very easily.
This horse will take some stopping at Cheltenham. pic.twitter.com/JmQStTdveI
— Liam O'Hara (@LiamOHaraPhoto1) January 19, 2020
Outrageous performance from Defi Du Seuil – I'd definitely have him over Altior in the Champion Chase
— Maddy P (@mp_horseracing) January 18, 2020
That's very very good from Defi Du Seuil,best performance yet,UDS ran his heart out again if a bit below his best
— Michael Looby (@michaellooby2) January 18, 2020
My Favourite National Hunt horse in training does it again Defi du seuil you beauty 🤩🤩🚀🚀 pic.twitter.com/siI3zOUROq
— ANGUS BRIDGES (@colabadger) January 18, 2020
Well done Défi du Seuil – great win today at Ascot. Great ride Barry ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0x5eLRZrWr
— Frenchie (@irenebstewart) January 18, 2020
— Philip Hobbs Racing (@PJHobbs1) January 20, 2020