Following 11/1, 18/1 and 33/1 places yesterday, Steve Ryder previews the JLT Novices’ Chase on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. P&L +8.97pts.
1:30 Cheltenham- Defi Du Seuil 3/1 (1pt)
Defi Du Seuil was a high class juvenile hurdler with lots of form at Cheltenham including when an easy winner of the 2017 Triumph Hurdle by 5 lengths. He can be excused all of last season given the form of the Philip Hobbs stable but has made a fantastic start to his chasing career this season. He ran in a Grade 2 Novice Chase over 2 miles on his debut which put his jumping under pressure but was a lot better at Exeter in a strong novice contest where he beat Grade 1 winners Topofthegame and Black Op by over 3 lengths. He ran in the Dipper Novices’ Chase in January over this C&D where he was committed too early and Lostintranslation rallied to beat him at the finish with Defi Du Seuil conceding 3lb that day.
Defi Du Seuil reversed form with Lostintranslation off level weights in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown last month and I think they will finish in that order again in this race.
1:30 Cheltenham- Defi Du Seuil 3/1 (1pt) click here for best odds
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