Barry Geraghty Sporting Insights 17/01/2020

Barry Geraghty’s Sporting Index Blog: Defi Du Seuil showing top-class potential

Barry rides Defi Du Seuil in the 15:35 at Ascot on Saturday. Check out our fixed odds specials for the race here. All our Ascot spread betting markets can be found here.

Last weekend

It was obviously disappointing that Notre Pari fell at the last hurdle in the Lanzarote at Kempton. He was in contention when he fell, but it’s hard to say if he would have won as he was starting to feel the pinch.

Later on the card, Never Adapt put in a good performance to win the handicap hurdle.

She’s still very keen and needs to settle better, but she picked up nicely which was pleasing.

Although I’m not sure where she’ll end up next, she’d have a good chance wherever she runs. She’s got an engine, she just doesn’t make her life easy and the quicker she settles the better a horse we’ll see.

On Wednesday, you had to be pleased with Flinteur Sacre’s debut in the Newbury bumper. He was very green but ran a lovely race and he’ll come on heaps for it.

It looked a pretty strong bumper with the winner clearly very well-regarded given Henrietta Knight’s comments after the race.

He’s obviously a full-brother to Sprinter Sacre and when you saw him in the parade ring there were definite similarities. It brought back some really fond memories and he’s one to keep an eye on.

Excited to get back on Defi in Clarence House

Just the one ride for me this weekend but it’s a big one as I’m back on Defi Du Seuil in the Clarence House Chase (3.35pm) at Ascot on Saturday.

He’s feels sharper this year and his jumping has got slicker, although you’d like to think it’s going to get even better as the season goes on. As he matures, he’s not being as exuberant at his fences and so isn’t expending as much energy as he had been in the past (Click here for our Defi Du Seuil race specials).

In the Tingle Creek last time, I could feel he got sharper as the race developed and he is learning to lower his gauge which means he has more in the tank.

We’re obviously staying over two miles and whether he runs over that or two-and-a-half, I don’t think it matters because he’s very versatile. He has the pace for the minimum trip but he’s shown he gets two-and-a-half well, so I’d have no concerns over either. He has the class for both trips.

It looks like it’s going to be pretty hard work at Ascot which will definitely suit Un De Sceaux but I’m not too concerned by it. It was pretty deep ground at Sandown and Defi handled it well there, while he won on heavy at Chepstow as a juvenile.

I’ve been very lucky to ride some of the best horses and you’d hope he could get to that level if he keeps improving. He was the horse I was most looking forward to riding at Cheltenham last year and nothing has changed this time around.

It’s the potential superstars that get the blood pumping and make you want to get up in the morning. He’s going that way, so let’s just hope he can keep progressing and fulfil the potential we think he has.

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