Defi delights in Triumph trial

Defi Du Seuil gained his second impressive win at Cheltenham in the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle on Saturday.

Defi Du Seuil ridden by Barry Geraghty (left) on the way to victory on Saturday

Philip Hobbs' three-year-old didn't come off the bridle when winning at the Open meeting and he was sent off the 4-6 favourite on the back of that.

Coeur de Lion was always prominent and made the winner work a little harder, but Defi Du Seuil ultimately put the race to bed with little fuss, winning by a length-and-three-quarters after giving the runner-up 3lb.

The disappointment of the race was Domperignon Du Lys, a bad mistake three from home ending any chance he had.

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"I'm very happy with him, he's a very tough horse, he likes soft ground," Hobbs told Racing UK. "He's very professional, he's got a very good attitude.

"I think it has to be [Triumph Hurdle as the long-term target].

"He could go to Chepstow next."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 8-1 from 12s for the Triumph and spokesman Michael Shinners said: "He's the best we've seen in this division in Britain and his experience around the track will stand him in good stead come Festival time.

"His owner, though, has a powerful juvenile squad with many trained by Joseph O'Brien in Ireland. As for his place in that pecking order, your guess is as good as mine!"

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