Presenting Percy’s third place in Sunday’s John Durkan
Memorial Chase was as good as a victory for those closest to the star chaser,
who will now be aimed at the Savills Chase at Leopardstown later this month
according to owner Philip Reynolds, writes Brian Sheerin.
Reynolds cut the image of a relieved man in the driving rain of Punchestown's
winner's enclosure as Presenting Percy breathed life into another Magners
Cheltenham Gold Cup bid by posting a spirited effort in defeat.
“It was an encouraging run,” said Reynolds. “He jumped the way we thought he'd
jump – Percy jumps very well. Especially down the back straight he jumped well
and was brilliant over a few of his fences.
“We're delighted and couldn't have asked for a better start to the season −
we're over the moon. You'd have to be thinking about rolling on to the Savills
Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.”
The race had been billed as something of a road to
redemption for Presenting Percy, and he confirmed himself back on track under
JJ Slevin, a late deputy for regular rider Davy Russell who was taken ill
shortly after riding in the second race of the day.
Slevin said: “It was great to get the ride on him and he jumped savagely for me
and galloped right out to the line. It was a lovely run.”