Grade Silviniaco Conti Chase Guide 2022

Kempton - January 15 2022
Kempton 14:05
Tom O'Brien

Defi Du Seuil

Tom O'Brien
Philip Hobbs
Age: 9
Weight: 11-0
OR: 158
Days: 56

In 2019 this horse had the whole world at his feet, looking like a top-class champion chase horse in the making for the Hobbs team, winning three in a row including the Tingle Creek and Clarence House Chase, having a great battle with the fantastic Un De Sceaux in both of the Grade 1 centrepieces.

Plus, not to mention the 7 Grade 1’s already to his name and we forget he is only an 8yo so could easily bounce back to form and win more top races going forward.

That is what he needs to do in this though, bounce back to form after a disappointing season last time, only racing twice and completing once with a remote 5th in the Clearance House at Ascot in January.

He had a run in a Grade 2 at Ascot in November where he finished 4th, but was well beaten and was eased down coming down the straight, so his spark wasn’t shown in that race, but that run may have blown the cobwebs away and he could come on for the run.

The signs are a positive at home again with trainer Philip Hobbs hoping he can get back to his best with his next few runs, and if he does then he could be hard to stop at a trip that does suit (Although he looked a 2m chaser at his best) As well as the conditions that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Had his troubles last season but has a lot of talent and should he bounce back then he will be hard to beat, chances will be taken however he is showing good signs at home according to the trainer.


James Mackie | @JMackieRacing