Weekend review: Defi Du Seuil dominates Clarence House

Defi Du Seuil

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.

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 2ย 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.

Reaction: Excitement builds for brilliant Defi Du Seuil

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