Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle
|Grade 1, Aintree 14:20
2m 209y, Class 1
|Thursday 6th April 2017|
1 Defi Du Seuil 4-11F
2 Divn Bere 7-2
3 Bedrock 25-1
8 ran Distances: 1½l, 4½l, 17l
Time: 4m 10.10s (slow by 10.10s)
Hot favourite Defi Du Seuil adds the Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle to his Triumph Hurdle success
Reunited with Barry Geraghty having been partnered by Richard Johnson at Cheltenham, the 4-11 favourite was forced to get serious for a period late on before finally asserting.
Held up in mid-division early on, the JP McManus-owned four-year-old, together with Fred Winter runner-up Divin Bere, moved through to take command after the second-last.
With little to choose between the pair over the final flight it was only halfway up the run-in that the odds-on favourite obliged, pulling clear for a length and a quarter success to complete a double achieved in years gone by through the likes of Zarkandar, Detroit City and Katchit.
Geraghty said: "He's been brilliant all season but he was very good at Cheltenham.
"He's a horse with a future, obviously, but to come back and do what he's done today and win again, I think that's seven wins, he's been busy.
"He's very good and he can only improve with time, but it's very hard for a juvenile to hold that level of form all season - Philip has done a brilliant job with him."
Hobbs said: "He's still unbeaten over hurdles and the bubble has not been burst yet!
"We've had two other Triumph Hurdle winners (Made In Japan and Detroit City) but this one would be the best of them.
"We need to talk to JP and everybody else to see what the plan will be for next season, but we've plenty of time to do that.
"He's very adaptable and he's very tough, he just takes it all very well."
Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)
£100,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 209y, Class 1
|Pos||Dist||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Defi Du Seuil (FR) 4/11f||B J Geraghty
|P J Hobbs||4|
|2nd||1¼||Divin Bere (FR) 7/2||N D Fehily
|N J Henderson||4|
|3rd||4½||Bedrock 25/1||Harry Skelton
|4th||17||Flying Tiger (IRE) 6/1||R Johnson
|5th||nk||Forth Bridge 7/1||B Hughes
|C E Longsdon||4|
|6th||6||Landin (GER) 25/1||J McGrath
|J W Mullins||4|
|7th||52||Ronnie Baird 100/1||Robert Hawker
|Mrs L J Young||4|
|PU||Nucky Thompson 50/1||A P Heskin