NEWS: JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry has announced that Triumph Hurdle winner Defi Du Seuil will not run at the Punchestown Festival and will head off for his summer break.

A seven-time winner in Britain this season, Defi Du Seuil had entered for the Grade 1 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle, but, connections have decided to rest him for the next few months.

The Philip Hobbs-trained juvenile has carried all before him this season since beginning his campaign at Ffos Las back in October.

‘’He is unbeaten in seven hurdle races, including the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Aintree this month, so he has earned his summer break at owner JP McManus’s Martinstown Stud in Ireland’’, explains trainer Philip Hobbs.

His defection from the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle on Saturday week now leaves the race wide open.

Owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: “He’s finished for the season now.

“He’s had a fantastic year, better than anyone could have hoped, and now we’ll give him the summer off and a nice break.

“As for next year, it hasn’t been discussed but I’d imagine he’ll stay over hurdles.

“He’s been great all year and he’s earned a break.”

Source: AT THE RACES

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