Presenting Percy with jockey Davy Russell and owner Philip Reynolds. Photo: Twitter @polkamazurka
Last year ‘Presenting Percy’, with jockey Davy Russell on board and trained by Patrick Kelly, also triumphed in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham.
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Indeed, it is the THIRD year in succession that the trio of Reynolds, Russell and Kelly, have won at Cheltenham as in 2016, they also landed the Pertemps Final at with ‘Mall Dini’.
5-2 favourite 'Presenting Percy' came from behind to take victory in today's RSA Steeple Chase ahead of second placed Monalee (100-30) and Elegant Escape (9-1) in third. Ballyoptic was fourth and Black Corton, who made most of the running, finished fifth.
Bookmakers reacted by quoting odds of between 6-1 and 10-1 for 'Presenting Percy' for next year's Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Jockey Davy Russell, a winning jockey at every Cheltenham Festival since 2006, told ITV Racing: "I have to stop underestimating this horse. He seemed unimpressive to me, but what a horse – after three miles, he’s barely out of breath."
Philip Reynolds told the Racing Post: "That was a great ride from Davy and I don't know what he would have been thinking with Monalee upsides as he could have ridden either of them."
PRESENTING PERCY a €22,000 @tatts_ireland November NH Sale buy and now a Grade 1 @CheltenhamRaces Festival winner. Congratulations to Pat Kelly, Philip Reynolds and @_Davy_Russel_ pic.twitter.com/sVemXFuTcS— ITM (@IREthoroughbred) March 14, 2018