Defi Du Seuil powers past old rival Lostintranslation at the last fence to win JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham
FULL RACE RESULT
1st Defi Du Seuil (B J Geraghty) 3-1 Fav
2nd Lostintranslation (R M Power) 4-1
3rd Mengli Khan (J W Kennedy) 9-1
Defi Du Seuil scored his second Cheltenham Festival success as he got the better of old rival Lostintranslation in the JLT Novices’ Chase.
Philip Hobbs’ 2017 Triumph Hurdle hero, out of form throughout last season, has been a revelation over fences after a sticky start to the current campaign at this course.
Defi Du Seuil was also beaten by Lostintranslation in the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
Defi Du Seuil came from behind to secure an impressive victory in the first race of day three
The 3-1 favourite stalked his long-time rival Lostintranslation (R) at Cheltenham on Thursday
Under Barry Geraghty the pre-race favourite powered past his rivals in the final furlong
The three leaders head down the final straight before Defi Du Seuil took control on Thursday
But having since gained revenge at Sandown, in the opening race on day three of the Festival, the six-year-old justified 3-1 favouritism under Barry Geraghty.
He pounced on long-time leader Lostintranslation at the last and staying on to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Winning jockey Geraghty told ITV Racing: ‘(They are) two really good horses, I was banking on a big one at the last and he came up trumps.’
Lostintranslation (right) and Mengli Khan (left) were powerless to stop the favourite winning
Jockey Barry Geraghty said: ‘I was banking on a big one at the last and he came up trumps’