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Class is permanent so they say, and it was business as usual for Philip Hobbs in 2018/19 when he passed the million-pound barrier for a fifteenth time in his career when notching up 106 winners and £1,305,373 in prize money.
That was far cry from a frustrating season in 2017/18 when a virus curtailed activities with only 63 winners on the board, but it was more Cheltenham Festival glory again for the Minehead trainer in 2019 when Defi Du Seuil improved his already impressive record with victory in the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in March adding to another success in the highest grade in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown.
The undoubted star of the show could have a main early season target of the Tingle Creek at Sandown again and he was one of a very interesting team that Philip kindly discussed with Tony Elves of attheraces.com as the Jumps season proper gets under way.