Savills Chase the plan for Presenting Percy after impressive John Durkan display

The Philip Reynolds-owned horse took third at Punchestown and is Leopardstown-bound over Christmas

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Presenting Percy is being earmarked for the Savills Chase at Leopardstown

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.”

We couldn't have asked for a better start to the season − we're over the moon.
- Philip Reynolds 

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