Philip Hobbs is a trainer based in Somerset and trains 112 horses at their yard.  In his training career he has sent out over 2000 winners including many at the big race festivals and has finished in the country’s top six National Hunt trainers since 1999.  Philip has kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to complete an interview for

Firstly thank you very much for taking the time out to talk to me.  I really do appreciate it.
You’ve had some big winners at the Festival in your time, what would be your highlight from Cheltenham in your career?

Rooster Booster winning the Champion Hurdle in 2003.
You have been training horses now for over 18 years now, are you still as passionate about the sport now as you were in the beginning?
Yes it is still an exciting game.
Apart from Cheltenham, what course and meeting do you look forward to most?

I really look forward to Aintree, it's a great meeting.

Dicky Johnson is obviously top drawer and deservedly won his maiden Jockeys’ Championship last season but just how good is he and does he bring something extra special to the yard behind the scenes too?
Richard was runner up to AP McCoy for 16 years and deservingly won the Jockey’s championship last season and is on course to do it again this year.
Richard is loyal, dedicated, hardworking, and very strong in a race, brilliant with the owners in the paddock before & after the race and a great ambassador for our sport.
On to this years’ Festival I have to say I’ve taken quite a shine to Defi Du Seuil and personally think he has an excellent chance of winning the Triumph Hurdle.  Would you class him as your most exciting young prospect given that you have a fair few at your disposal now with the likes of No Comment, For Good Measure and Golden Doyen coming through?
Copper Kay was a horse I thought was going places last season and I feel like she’s been pretty unlucky on a fair amount of her career runs.  How has she been progressing at home and is she likely to go to Cheltenham or Aintree?
No. The EBF final at Newbury on March 25th will be her target.
Garde La Victoire has been an excellent horse for the yard so far and is entered in the Queen Mother Champion Chase?  How is he and do you think he can test Douvan in the big race?
He is iwell and entered in the Champion Chase and the 2m & 2 ½ m handicap chase.
Which of your horses would be your best chances for the week?
Defi Du Seuil
If you had the pick of a horse not from your stable for a race at Cheltenham what horse would that be?
If you had your last pound and had to turn it in to a nice sum with a big price who would you put it on?
For Good Measure in the Pertemps Final.
 Will any of your horses more likely be targeted at Aintree rather than Cheltenham?
Persian Snow
Which of your young horses would you say would be worth keeping on the right side of next season?
We have lots of nice, young horses to look forward to next season, maybe Gaelic Prince.
Thank you very much for your time Philip and all the best for Cheltenham and the future.