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Philip Hobbs Stable Tour

    The Minehead maestro’s main players for the season include Defi Du Seuil, Thyme Hill and Sporting John.
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Philip Hobbs had another very lucrative season in 2019/20 when he netted 75 winners and picked up £1,139,200 in prize money but with a little luck it could have been so much better.

Stable star Defi Du Seuil was the major contributor with his successes in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham, Tingle Creek at Sandown and Clarence House Chase at Ascot and was sent off at 2-5 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase before putting in his only disappointing performance of the campaign.

There was so near but so far efforts from the very likeable Thyme Hill, fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, Pileon, beaten a short head in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle and Sporting John, who failed to give his best in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

That quartet are firing as they ready for another campaign and Thyme Hill is being aimed long term for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March with a tilt at the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby on October 31 a possible first steppingstone.

There look further exciting times ahead for the Minehead trainer and he discussed several of his top prospects with Tony Elves of attheraces.com as the National Hunt season gets into full stride.

All Horses

Across The Channel (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland in December.

Trainer Says:

He ran twice in point-to-points and fell the first time before winning his next one. He is schooling well and working well and I imagine, as he’s five, he might start in a two and a half mile novice hurdle. He is a half-brother to Wait For Me and That’s A Given who did so well for us and he looks a nice horse in the making.

Big Shark (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Vinnie Roe - Castlelost (Flemensfirth)
  • Owner: Mrs C Walsh & Eden Valley Chancers
  • Last Race: Sandown, 1 Feb 2020 15:00
  • Result: 5/17, mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 2 out, weakened between last 2
  • View full form
Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Winner of novice events at Worcester (2m 7f) in October and Hereford (3m 1 1/2f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He did well last season in staying hurdle races. He will go novice chasing but may not be easy to place off a rating of 137 and realistically he may have to wait for novice handicap chases. He is entered at Exeter this week in a novice chase and the more rain the better.

Video Form
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Defi Du Seuil (FR)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Voix Du Nord - Quarvine Du Seuil (Lavirco)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Ascot, 23 Jan 2021 15:35
  • Result: 5/8, held up towards rear, headway 7th, held and switched right before 2 out, weakened last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

169 chaser. Has another highly successful season when landing two Grade One Chases. Scored by a neck from Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December and followed up with a two and three quarter length victory from the same rival in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January before flopping behind Politologue when heavily odds on for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He is in good form and very well. He did everything right last season apart from in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, but he has come back in great nick after spending the summer at Martinstown. He will probably go for the same races as last season and start in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham’s November meeting, go Tingle Creek and Clarence House with hopefully a better result at Cheltenham.

Video Form
23 Jan 2021:
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Deise Aba (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Kit Massini (Dr Massini)
  • Owner: Mr Trevor Hemmings
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 18 Mar 2021 16:50
  • Result: PU/21, held up in mid-division, hit 9th, mistake 13th, closed 16th, lost place next, weakening when mistake 18th, pulled up before 2 out
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Form Profile:

141 rated chaser. Beat sole rival when winning a Beginners Chase at Catterick in January before following up in a handicap chase at Sandown in February. Creditable effort when fifth in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in March.

Trainer Says:

He stays very well, and I imagine we will be aiming him at the Welsh Grand National. He is inexperienced but hopefully that is a positive as there is still room for him to improve. He did well last year when winning twice and, hopefully, he can do better this season.

Video Form
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Dolphin Square (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Carrig Eden Lass (Luso)
  • Owner: David Maxwell Racing Limited
  • Last Race: Huntingdon, 18 May 2021 19:55
  • Result: 2/8, towards rear, headway 10th, ridden to chase winner when not fluent 2 out, ran on
  • View full form
Form Profile:

137 rated chaser. Winner over hurdles three times last season, scoring in novice events at Newton Abbot (2m 5 1/2f) in May, Wincanton (2m 5 1/2f) in October and a handicap hurdle at Ludlow (3m) off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

He stayed three miles well and is a very nice horse. He won three times last season and I would have thought he will novice chasing for his owner David Maxwell.”

Video Form
10 Oct 2019:
15 May 2019:

Espion (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Coastal Path - Toutamie (Epalo)
  • Owner: Mr Michael And Mrs Norma Tuckey
  • Last Race: Warwick, 16 Jan 2021 15:35
  • Result: B/13, chased leaders, mistake 8th, ridden after 3 out, no extra 2 out, brought down last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

128 rated hurdler. Easy winner of a novice hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He did really well to win at Uttoxeter in March, but he remains a novice this season only until the end of November. He stays well and he will be two mile six in novices or handicaps, I’m not sure then he will go novice chasing at some stage

Video Form
16 Oct 2020:
14 Mar 2020:

Everglow

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Cent Prime (Hernando)
  • Owner: Mr Phil Munnelly
  • Last Race: Ayr, 16 Apr 2021 13:30
  • Result: 4/9, rousted away from start, mid-division, struggling after 9th, headway 2 out, went 4th towards finish, no impression
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Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten a neck in a bumper at Chepstow in October and third, beaten four lengths, to Israel Champ in a listed bumper at Cheltenham in November.

Trainer Says:

He is a real nice young horse and he might even have his first run in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow next weekend. He could be a high-class novice hurdler and we will have to find out.

Video Form
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Flinck (IRE)

Form Profile:

130 rated hurdler. Winner of handicap hurdles at Warwick (2m 3f) in November and Haydock (2m 3f) in December.

Trainer Says:

He improved last season and he’s probably improved again. Two and a half mile handicap hurdles to start with and he will be going novice chasing at some stage.

Video Form
10 Oct 2020:
8 Feb 2020:

Jatiluwih (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Linda's Lad - Jaune De Beaufai (Ultimately Lucky)
  • Owner: David Maxwell Racing Limited
  • Last Race: Worcester, 21 May 2021 18:10
  • Result: 2/5, tracked clear leading pair, closer after 4th, 2nd after 5 out, 2 lengths down when hung left from 2 out, rallying when hung left in behind winner run-in, no extra towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

148 rated hurdler. Winner of his first three races last season in novices’ hurdles scoring at Sedgefield and Wetherby in October and Cheltenham in November.

Trainer Says:

He had a good season for us winning over hurdles three times and he will probably be going hunter chasing with his main target likely to be the Foxhunter at Cheltenham in mind. David Maxwell will obviously ride him.

Video Form
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Jerrysback

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Jeremy - Get A Few Bob Back (Bob Back)
  • Owner: John P McManus
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 5 Apr 2021 17:00
  • Result: PU/28, rear of mid-division, pushed along and towards rear after 6 out, detached and pulled up before 4 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

143 rated chaser. Last seen out when finishing third in the listed Silver Cup at Ascot (3m) in December 2019.

Trainer Says:

He missed all of last season and he probably want to go right-handed and wants three miles but not much further than that.

Video Form
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Kalooki (GER)

  • 7-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline - Karuma (Surumu)
  • Owner: Mr Andrew L Cohen
  • Last Race: Newbury, 27 Mar 2021 16:00
  • Result: 2/5, mid-division, headway before 5 out, ridden before 4 out, stayed on after last, just held
  • View full form
Form Profile:

141 rated hurdler. Winner of a maiden hurdle at Ludlow in January and novice at Wetherby in February before finishing runner-up in a Grade 2 at Haydock later that month.

Trainer Says:

He won his novices well last season and is a nice horse. He was a bit found out at Haydock by Ramses De Teillee but probably didn’t quite get the three miles that day anyway. He will probably have a run over hurdles before he goes novice chasing. He will be ready to run in a few weeks’ time.

Video Form
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Kepy Blanc (FR)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Kapgarde - Villemanzie (Villez)
  • Owner: David Maxwell Racing Limited
  • Last Race: Warwick, 8 May 2021 17:45
  • Result: 3/11, in rear, headway to midfield before 2nd, pushed after 2 out, well behind in 3rd when hit last, kept on
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Form Profile:

Second in his only start over hurdles at Fontainebleau in October.

Trainer Says:

He is another of David Maxwell’s and he finished second over hurdles on his only run in France. He will go novice hurdling and we will probably start over two miles.

Video Form
15 Oct 2019:

Musical Slave

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Getaway - Inghwung (Kayf Tara)
  • Owner: John P McManus
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 1 May 2021 16:30
  • Result: 9/20, waited with, 16th after 7th, soon headway, kept on same pace from before straight, moderate 6th and hit last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

137 rated chaser. Successful in a novices’ handicap chase at Exeter (2m 3f) on New Year’s Day.

Trainer Says:

He is a very nice horse and did very well last year and is another who could improve further. He won a novice handicap chase last year and will be in handicap chases this time around but he’s one I like.

Video Form
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Oakley (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Tirolean Dance (Tirol)
  • Owner: Tim Syder
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 14 Apr 2021 17:00
  • Result: 6/8, tracked leader, disputed the lead after the 4th, led briefly after 2 out, shaken up and pressed run to the last, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened after the last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

136 rated hurdler. Came closest to victory last season when runner-up, beaten a neck to Repetitio in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in December.

Trainer Says:

He will be going novice chasing and he plenty of enough speed to go two miles. He is a very nice young horse that should improve particularly over fences.

Video Form
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Off The Planet (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Kings Diva (King's Theatre)
  • Owner: The Brushmakers
  • Last Race: Taunton, 23 Mar 2021 14:42
  • Result: 4/12, mid-division, headway into fourth after jumping 3 out, ridden soon after and kept on same pace
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Finished a promising fifth on his only run in a bumper at Worcester in October of last year.

Trainer Says:

He ran well in his first ever bumper and there will certainly be room for improvement in him. He was entered at Fontwell on Saturday, but we didn’t run on that very soft ground. He will be going novice hurdling over two and a half if not three miles.

Video Form
31 Oct 2020:
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Orbys Legend (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Morning Legend (Bob Back)
  • Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing - Milan
  • Last Race: Sandown, 12 Mar 2021 15:05
  • Result: Won/6, tracked leader until after 2nd, handy 3rd, 2nd again before 2 out, 1 length down when left in clear lead 2 out, went badly left last, stayed on strongly
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Runner-up in his only point-to-point in Ireland in February.

Trainer Says:

He is a Highclere horse who finished second in his only point-to-point and he is going well. I am happy with him and he might start in a bumper but over hurdles he will want two and a half miles.

Pileon (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Yeats - Heath Heaven (Alflora)
  • Owner: Tim Syder & Martin St Quinton
  • Last Race: Aintree, 14 May 2021 18:25
  • Result: 12/12, chased leaders, not fluent 4th, lost place 3 out, weakened before next
  • View full form
Form Profile:

143 rated hurdler. Winner twice over hurdles last season at Catterick and Ffos Las in January and beaten only a short head by Indefatigable in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He was just beaten at the Cheltenham Festival and he should very much be an improver. We like him a lot and he might run in hurdle race before going chasing.

Video Form
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Smarty Wild

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Fair Mix - Blaeberry (Kirkwall)
  • Owner: Mr Michael And Mrs Norma Tuckey
  • Last Race: Kempton, 20 Mar 2021 15:15
  • Result: 3/9, jumped slowly 1st, off the pace in last pair, outpaced and struggling after 4 out, plugged on into modest 3rd before the last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

132 rated hurdler. Winner of a handicap hurdle at Exeter (2m 1f) in November

Trainer Says:

He did will his hurdle race last season but he’s a big strong horse who will go straight novice chasing this season.

Video Form
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Sporting John (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Getaway - Wild Spell (Oscar)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Aintree, 9 Apr 2021 14:50
  • Result: PU/7, in rear, not fluent 2nd, slow next, pushed along and behind after 8th, pulled up before 9th
  • View full form
Form Profile:

149 rated hurdler. Won his first three novice hurdles, successful twice at Exeter (2m 1f) in November and December and Ascot (2m 3 1/2f) in February before disappointing in the Ballymore Novices’ at Cheltenham (2m 5f) won by Envoi Allen.

Trainer Says:

He was lame behind after Cheltenham if only for a few hours and hopefully that is the excuse that he didn’t perform but he could be very good. He won his first three races impressively and he will start novice chasing at a lower level and then we will go from there.

Video Form
15 Feb 2020:

St Barts (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: High Chaparral - Lindeman (Presenting)
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-hughes
  • Last Race: Uttoxeter, 20 Mar 2021 14:25
  • Result: 5/9, chased leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place after next, blundered 3rd, closed 5th, mistake 8th, pecked 13th, no impression from 2 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

125 rated hurdler. Winner over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in December and a handicap hurdle at Ascot (2m 7 1/2f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He won well at Ascot and he will be definitely suited by a longer trip and he will be going straight novice chasing. He will be going novice handicapping off a mark of 125 and will stay over three miles.

Video Form
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Steely Addition (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Craigsteel - Blond's Addition (Lord Americo)
  • Owner: Step By Step
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 23 Apr 2021 19:05
  • Result: 3/3, always last, pushed along going out on last circuit, pushed along before 7th, outpaced and struggling 9th, tailed off
  • View full form
Form Profile:

145 rated chaser. Disappointed in two starts at Sandown in November and Haydock in February but a winner twice over fences the previous season.

Trainer Says:

I thought he could be a Welsh National prospect and then the wheels fell off. He is a nice horse if we can get him back on track.

Video Form
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Thyme Hill

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Rosita Bay (Hernando)
  • Owner: The Englands And Heywoods
  • Last Race: Aintree, 10 Apr 2021 15:35
  • Result: Won/15, mid-division, closed from 9th, challenging when hit 2 out, stayed on well flat, led close home
  • View full form
Form Profile:

151 rated hurdler. Winner of his first three races over hurdles last season including the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) in December. Met his only reverse when finishing fourth, beaten a length and half, to Monkfish in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in March.

Trainer Says:

He was a bit unlucky at Cheltenham and he stays really well. He is in good form at home and we have decided to stay the route of the Stayers’ Hurdle rather than go over fences this season. His first race could be the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby on October 31.

Video Form
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Tidal Flow

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - Mrs Philip (Puissance)
  • Owner: Brocade Racing
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 9 Jan 2021 12:17
  • Result: 5/6, led until 1st, led 2nd, headed 4th, blundered and lost place 7th, struggling 9th, behind from next
  • View full form
Form Profile:

148 rated chaser. Won twice over fences at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in December and Stratford (2m 5f) in March.

Trainer Says:

148 rated chaser. Won twice over fences at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in December and Stratford (2m 5f) in March.

Video Form
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Truckers Pass (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Kalanisi - Lady Knightess (Presenting)
  • Owner: Brocade Racing
  • Last Race: Fontwell, 10 Mar 2021 14:32
  • Result: 5/11, chased leaders, not much room 3rd, not fluent 3 out, hit 2 out, soon beaten, weakened flat
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Runner-up in bumpers at Warwick and Exeter.

Trainer Says:

He did well in his bumpers without winning. He will run over hurdles possibly at Uttoxeter on Monday

Video Form
10 Mar 2021:
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Wildfire Warrior (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Lady of Fortune (Sovereign Water)
  • Owner: Mrs Diana L Whateley
  • Last Race: Ludlow, 23 Nov 2020 13:35
  • Result: Won/5, held up in last, not fluent 6th, headway into 3rd 4 out, made strong challenge 3 out and on the run to 2 out, bad mistake 2 out but landed running and soon led, 2-length lead last and driven out to extend advantage run-in, comfortable
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Promise in two bumpers at Warwick particularly when runner-up on his debut in January.

Trainer Says:

He was second in his first bumper and he is a horse that could improve and do well this season.

Zanza (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Arcadio - What A Bleu (Pistolet Bleu)
  • Owner: Louisville Syndicate Elite
  • Last Race: Aintree, 8 Apr 2021 16:40
  • Result: 6/18, towards rear of mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, kept on well after 2 out, hampered by faller at the last and rider lost his irons
  • View full form
Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Gained his last win in a handicap hurdle at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in Novembber.

Trainer Says:

He is one who will go over two miles novice chasing. He is a nice horse for novice chases.

Video Form
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Zoffee

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Zoffany - Mount Crystal (Montjeu)
  • Owner: Mr Alan Peterson
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 5 Apr 2021 15:10
  • Result: 3/7, led 1st, soon headed, led 5th, headed before not fluent 5 out, mistake 4 out, soon 3rd and held, no extra flat
  • View full form
Form Profile:

132 rated chaser. Finished runner-up, beaten a length, to Getaway Trump in a beginners’ chase at Warwick (2m) last Thursday.

Trainer Says:

He ran in his first novice chase at Warwick on Thursday and ran a solid race to be runner-up to Getaway Trump. He jumped well and should soon go one better.

Video Form
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