Defi Du Seuil and Un De Sceaux Ascot showdown


By Andrew Atkinson

Ascot’s showdown between Defi Du Seuil and Un De Sceaux looms on Saturday, where the going is heavy, soft in places, awaiting a head-to-head in the Matchbook Clarence House Chase over 2 miles.

Six-year-old Defi Du Seuil, trained by Philip Hobbs and 11-year-old Un De Sceaux, trained by Willie Mullins, have won 30 races between them, with Mullins’ charge winner of 18 races.

A neck separated the duo at Sandown in December over 1m 7f, with Hobbs getting the upper hand on his Irish counterpart: “Everything couldn’t be better” said Hobbs.

Defi Du Seuil, running on soft ground poses a test of stamina: “The soft ground will make it more of a test of stamina – he stays two and a half miles – and has won on soft ground,” said Hobbs.

Barry Geraghty is up on selection Defi Du Seuil, a winner at Cheltenham over 1m 7f in November, prior to the Sandown success last month. Paul Townend is on board Un De Sceaux.

The G1 race, with a winning purse of £85,000 sees Defi Du Seuil in preparation of the Cheltenham Festival in March, with entries in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ryanair Chase: “Cheltenham is the main objective,” said Hobbs.

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