JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry has announced that Defi Du Seuil will miss the Punchestown Festival to recover over the summer.
The four-year-old was one of the early favourites for the Festival after enjoying a superb campaign.
After moving to Phillip Hobbs' yard, Defi Du Seuil won seven races on the bounce, with four of those victories coming at Cheltenham.
He destroyed his rivals in the Triumph Hurdle before then tasting success at Aintree but connections have decided to rest him for the next few months.
Confirming their decision to miss the AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle, 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."
Article Posted on Thursday 20th April 2017 @ 11.45
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