Defi Du Seuil
6th April 2017 – April – He is a very smart two mile hurdler and won this race with a lot more in hand than the narrow winning margin. His jockey did not touch him from the last hurdle to the line electing to merely push him out hands and heels to make sure of his victory. I heard Barry Geraghty say that he would leave decisions between his two hurdle winners today for next season. On the clock, at least, that would be a close call as the two horses matched strides for most of the two miles that the juvenile ran over. Buveur D’Air ‘went on’ early in the home straight but that was clearly to do with the way each race was run. Defi Du Seuil had almost ‘caught him up’ by the line.
6th April 2017 – April – He had a wind op before the Fred Winter and this is now two good runs in a row since. It is nigh on impossible to say with any certainty whether or not this was a step up or a move backwards from his Cheltenham run. There are simply far too many imponderables in that equation.
6th April 2017 – April – It has to be said that he is a particularly fast and fluent jumper. He is just one of those horses who seem to be able to move forward without any perceptive change of balance or motion at his obstacles. The downside to this positive is of course the likelihood of him tumbling for 50 yards if he gets one badly wrong. This was only his second race over hurdles and he could turn out to be very decent next season. Judging by his flat form and overall profile he does look more Kempton and Aintree rather than Cheltenham or Towcester.
6th April 2017 – April – He got away with being overly keen at Cheltenham but not here. He was pulling RJ’s arms out for the first half of the race and gave himself no chance whatsoever.
6th April 2017 – April – He was kept fresh for Aintree and seemed to enjoy a reasonably positive trip round. Consequently this might not be far off what he is over hurdles.