888sport Scilly Isles Novices' Chase
|Grade 1, Sandown 14.25
£55,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 4f 10y, Class 1
|Saturday 2nd February 2019|
1 Defi Du Seuil 7/2
2 Lostintranslation 2/1
3 Vinndication 11/8F
5 ran Distances: ¾l, 2½l, 24l
Time: 5m 12.90s (slow by 15.90s)
Defi Du Seuil lands a thrilling 888Sport Scilly Isles Novices' Chase
What a finish! 👏— Sandown Park (@Sandownpark) February 2, 2019
Defi Du Seuil times his challenge to perfection to overcome Lostintranslation in a fascinating renewal of the 888Sport Scilly Isles Novices' Chase 👏 pic.twitter.com/FIGeykhJI4
Defi Du Seuil set sail for home up the hill and was game enough to hold the renewed challenge of Lostintranslation by three-quarters of a length.
It was a big-race double for Geraghty and his boss, owner JP McManus, following the victory of Buveur D’Air in the Contenders Hurdle.
Hobbs’ assistant Johnson White said: “The 7-2 looks a big price now we’re standing here, but it was a hot, competitive race and Vinndication and Lostintranslation have done nothing wrong.
“Barry was delighted with him, particularly with the way he jumped and two and a half miles looks no problem at all.
“He saw the trip out well and I guess the race at Cheltenham will depend on the ground.
“He was a good horse in his juvenile season and then last season was a write-off, but we knew he was a good horse and he’s come back after last term.
“He’s done plenty of schooling at home, but we just thought he might have wanted a bit more – but saying that, he’s got better every time he’s gone racing.
“That was a very good horse race today. Lostintranslation beat us last time and they are two lovely horses.”
888Sport Scilly Isles Novices' Chase
£55,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 10y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
|1st||Defi Du Seuil (FR) 7/2||11-4||B J Geraghty||P J Hobbs||6|
|2nd||¾||Lostintranslation (IRE) 2/1||11-4||R Johnson||C L Tizzard||7|
|3rd||2½||Vinndication (IRE) 11/8f||11-4||David Bass||K C Bailey||6|
|4th||24||Mulcahys Hill (IRE) 14/1||11-4||Wayne Hutchinson||W Greatrex||7|
|PU||Dell Oro (FR) 16/1||11-4||Joshua Moore||G L Moore||6|