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Presenting Percy sent out a statement for his credentials for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham Festival with a strong performance at Fairyhouse. The bay gelding secured a comfortable victory to win the Porterstown Handicap Chase, beating out his nearest rival by 11 lengths.
As a result of his victory in the meet, Patrick Kelly’s charge is now considered the leading contender for the event at Cheltenham in the antepost at William Hill. The seven-year-old has had previous success at the Festival and his trainer will ensure that the horse maintains his form of the prestigious race.
He has plenty of experience under his belt, having competed in 14 meets since making his debut in 2016. Presenting Percy opened with an impressive outing, finishing second at the Flat Race at Punchestown Racecourse after starting as a rank outsider. Presenting Percy built on his success with his maiden triumph in the At The Races Flat Race at Ballinrobe.
However, the bay gelding struggled in his first Class One outing, placing down in seventh off the pace of the leading group. After a slow start to the 2016-17 National Hunt campaign, he enjoyed the second win of his career in a Maiden Hurdle in Galway. Kelly’s charge beat out race favourite Canelie down the stretch by two lengths to claim the victory. The bay gelding backed up his efforts by delivering a fine run at the Novice Handicap Hurdle to claim his second triumph on the bounce.
Presenting Percy put in decent efforts in his first experience in crowded fields at Leopardstown and Punchestown, placing fourth and fifth, which provided valuable experience for later in the term. With Davy Russell in the saddle, Kelly’s charge proved that he belonged on the big stage with an excellent charge through the field to triumph in the At The Races Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
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He arrived at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival with momentum, although he was not considered the favourite for the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle. After a steady start to the race, Russell gradually guided the horse through the field before making a charge two fences from the finish. He gained the lead before the final hurdle and was able to close out the victory by three-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Barney Dwan, claiming the crown with relative ease.
The seven-year-old ended his season on a low note, finishing down in sixth at the Novice Hurdle in Punchestown. However, he returned for the new campaign with a sterling effort at the EBF Beginners Chase. Presenting Percy’s pace down the straight allowed him to canter away from De Plotting Shed to triumph at Galway, although he took a step back by placing third in his next outing at Punchestown.
Kelly and Russell ensured that the horse was firing on all cylinders at Fairyhouse for the Porterstown Handicap Chase. The jockey timed Presenting Percy’s surge to perfection as he was able to coast through the field after a steady opening burst, smoothly running down the final furlong to claim the victory. At his best, the bay gelding will be a difficult competitor to stop at Cheltenham.