The rain has started to fall in Britain meaning the constant drying conditions for racecourses are slightly easing and the better horses that need a bit of cut in the ground are starting to make there seasonal reappearances but Phillip Hobbs is still being patient and waiting for more rain before he unleashes his star performer Defi Du Seuil over fences.
The J P McManus trained horse had a brilliant unbeaten 2016/17 season as a juvenile hurdler in which he went on to take seven straight races which included The Doombar Anniversary four year old Juvenile Hurdle at the Aintree Grand National meeting and the biggest win of his career in the Truimph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Phillip Hobbs went through a really poor season as a trainer last season, seeming like his horses weren't quite right and under the weather for a log period throughout the season.
This led to last season being disappointing for Defi Du Seuil who only had two runs last season and finished second last in both contests. However, now Hobbs has got his yard back into thriving form and he is having winners all over the place at the start of this campaign.
This season the five year old is set to go novice chasing and if putting behind him his last campaign and finding the form from when he was a juvenile he will turn out to be the horse we thought he would be.
(Credit At The Races) Hobbs said: “He is ready to run as soon as we get a nice amount of rain.
“He will head to a novice chase somewhere, it it just a case of wherever has enough rain. His schooling has been very good so far.”
Defi Du Seuil is a general 25/1 shot for the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March but this could change if he performs well in his seasonal reapparance.