Defi Du Seuil too good in Finale

Defi Du Seuil extended his unbeaten record over jumps to four with a wide-margin victory in the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow.

Defi Du Seuil ridden by jockey Richard Johnson jumps the final hurdle to win at Chepstow

An impressive winner on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las, the Philip Hobbs-trained three-year-old won a Grade Two at Cheltenham in November before returning to Prestbury Park to land a second Triumph Hurdle trial earlier this month.

Sent off the 4-5 favourite stepped up to Grade One level in Wales, Defi Du Seuil travelled powerfully under Richard Johnson and moved ominously alongside the pacesetting Evening Hush at the top of the home straight.

The JP McManus-owned youngster took over four flights from the finish and while he was a little untidy at each of the remaining obstacles, he still came home with 13 lengths in hand.

Evening Hush was a clear second.

Hobbs said: "He settled nicely and jumped very well down the back straight, but not quite so good in the home straight.

"The Triumph Hurdle is the main aim and we'll work back from that.

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"He's very tough and he might well run at Cheltenham again at the end of the month in another Triumph Hurdle trial, but he doesn't need to.

"At the end of the day it was a good performance to beat these horses so easily. He's certainly got loads of ability.

"Every time we've run him it's been on the easy side of good, but soft ground was never going to be an issue.

"He works well, eats well and keeps his condition well, which are all the things you need."

Defi Du Seuil was cut to around 6-1 favourite for the Triumph Hurdle, a race Hobbs has previously won with Made In Japan (2004) and Detroit City (2006).

"I hope he's equally as good as them, if not better," said the trainer. "Certainly at this stage he looks like it."

Evan Williams was proud of the performance of the runner-up. He said: "Ours is a good one and the winner has destroyed us!

"I've got no complaints, we were beaten fair and square. We've run a blinder and the winner is a machine.

"She could go for the Adonis (Juvenile Hurdle, Kempton) or to Cheltenham in January.

"She deserves to win a Graded race and she's good enough to win a Grade Two."

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