14 March 2018: Owner Philip Reynolds celebrates after Presenting Percy won the RSA Steeple Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Longford owner Philip Reynolds has confirmed that Presenting Percy, the horse that 'took us places we dreamt of', has died.
Presenting Percy was a back-to-back winner at the Cheltenham Festival, winning the Pertemps Final in 2017 and following it up a year later with victory in the RSA Chase.
Twice winner of the Galmoy Hurdle, Presenting Percy was fancied for Cheltenham Gold Cup success in 2019 but finished 8th.
Philip Reynolds said: "It's with great sadness I have to confirm that we lost a three-month battle against infection and have had no option but to put Presenting Percy to sleep this afternoon.
"I want to thank Ger Kelly and his staff at Fethard Equine Hospital for all their efforts in trying to save him and allow him the retirement he deserved.
"I know it's a cliche to say racing is a game of highs and lows, and we've had our share of both, but on days like this it makes you wonder if the highs are high enough.
"Percy was a special athlete with a personality all of his own. He took us places we dreamt of, and we always looked forward to having him with us during his downtime.
"We are deeply hurting at his loss and feel so sorry for so many connected with him - Tom Costello, from whom I bought Percy, Pat Kelly, Kim and the team who made him, Gerry and all in Athenry who loved him, Gordon Elliott, Mary and the crew at Cullentra, and of course (jockey) Davy Russell - who gave our family three memorable Cheltenham days, two with our star Percy.
"The sudden sadness of his passing is hard to contemplate, and the wonders of 'what if' will remain. To everyone who shared our love for Percy, we are so sorry.
"The horse of my lifetime - and my honour to have been called his owner."