Philip Hobbs made it clear from an early stage last season that his best hope of a Cheltenham Festival victory lay with Defi Du Seuil and true to his word the Minehead maestro proved spot on in his assessment as the JP McManus-owned gelding confirmed his place at the best juvenile hurdler in country when beating Mega Fortune by five lengths in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
That was straight victory number six for Hobbs and a seventh win was soon on the board when Defi Du Seuil took the Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree by a length and a half from Divin Bere.
Hobbs will be hoping his new stable star will be heading back to Cheltenham for the Champion Hurdle in March but he was certainly no one trick pony with Menorah, Garde La Victoire, Wait For Me, Sternrubin, Village Vic and Rock The Kasbah making their own contributions to another high successful season that saw Philip end the campaign with 111 winners and over £1.5 million in prize money.
That was the fourth time in succession that Hobbs had topped the million-pound mark and he will be looking for more of the same from a team that looks brimful of fresh talent as well as the usual suspects.
Here, Hobbs gives Tony Elves of attheraces.com the lowdown on his main hopes for 2017/18.