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    Defi has an entry in the Betfair - likely to run there off 157?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanh97 View Post
    Defi has an entry in the Betfair - likely to run there off 157?
    Since 2010, top OR horse (and finishing position)

    Blue Bajan 155 (18th)
    Soliz 152 (7th)
    Brampour 162 (7th) - won by Zarkander 151 (beat Get Me Out Of Here 151)
    Petit Robin 159 (5th) won by MTOY on off 149
    Rolling Star 150 (17th)
    Pine Creek 144 (12th) - Wicklow Brave 11th off 140 funnily enough
    Cheltenian 153 (7th)
    Hargam 146 (14th)

    It'd surprise me if he ran...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanh97 View Post
    Defi has an entry in the Betfair - likely to run there off 157?
    This was the latest from Hobbs:

    “His scopes, etcetera, weren’t quite right afterwards,” said Hobbs, reflecting on Defi Du Seuil’s poor showing at Ascot on 25 November, when the horse started at odds-on but finished fourth of five behind Lil Rockerfeller. “Whether that was the reason … It’s probable that it was but he seems in good form now. So we’re looking for a run somewhere before Cheltenham.

    “I’d imagine he’ll run in February but I don’t have any plans about where, as yet. It needs to be discussed with the owners, obviously.”

    If he’s going to run in February & they still hope to run at Cheltenham on 13th March, I’d imagine we’re talking first 2 weeks of February - how many alternatives are there.

    I’d reckon it’s likely he runs.......but whether he's likely to win is a different matter. Do you think 20/1 is big enough reward to risk finding out?

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    Maybe less surprising then, but that seems a really tough ask... I suppose they don't have anything to lose though! I wouldn't back him but 20/1 for this and he's 20/1 for a Champion Hurdle which would be much harder to win

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevloaf View Post
    Maybe less surprising then, but that seems a really tough ask... I suppose they don't have anything to lose though! I wouldn't back him but 20/1 for this and he's 20/1 for a Champion Hurdle which would be much harder to win
    is it just me or does he sound very down and negative about horse? Wouldn't fill me full of confidence if I were a defi backer!

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    Not an expert but i think 5 year olds struggle to make an impact here
    Defi did have a relatively hard campaign for a four year old
    Think Barry said at start of season he would struggle to make the same impact this season

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    Patrick Mullins confirms to ATR that Melon goes straight here for fest. A few other festival targets seem to be going to leopardstown for a run beforehand including Next Destination. Fingers crossed I heard it right?

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    Willie at the press briefing today -

    Willie Mullins is hoping Faugheen can still bid to regain the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 3 - despite being pulled up at the same track over Christmas.

    The 10-year-old was the odds-on favourite for the Ryanair Hurdle but was pulled up with two to jump after dropping away tamely, leaving connections mystified.

    Mullins and his team conducted a series of tests and report the 2015 Champion Hurdle hero in good form.

    The County Carlow trainer said: "We are as happy as can be expected with him. All his tests have come back fine.

    "The next step up is to do a little bit of fast work this week and if he passes that test we will be aiming at the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle.

    "We have been minding him and last week we gave him a slow canter.

    "We'll move up a gear this week."

    Faugheen could be joined in the race by stablemate Melon at Leopardstown on February 3, though the latter was not put through his paces on Monday morning.

    "He was unable to work because he lost a shoe and the blacksmith wasn't here to put a shoe back on," said Mullins.

    "He's fine and I'd like to run him in the BHP as well."
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    Cilaos Emery - "Unfortunately he picked up a stress fracture, probably in the Ryanair Hurdle, that will keep him out of Leopardstown and Cheltenham. I’d say the best we can hope for is to have him back for the Punchestown Festival."

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    I just can't take any positives from the Faugheen "updates". That is just no news to me...

    He isn't doing any work yet... I don't think I'll be miles off the mark to say prior to the Irish CH he "isn't sparking" or "not completely happy with him" .... "we'll see how he is before Cheltenham"....

    and then it'll probably be the same again.

    Hypothetical one for you..... Faugheen ruled out for the season prior to Dublin Festival.... Yorkhill wins over 2m1f with Min 1L behind in 2nd....

    Where does Yorkhill go? - I'd say here!

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