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.