Talking Horses: Punters pining for Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy

The story circulating in Ireland is that publicity-shy trainer Pat Kelly is focusing all his attention on the Cheltenham Festival with the country’s top chaser

Presenting Percy, the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, had been billed as the main attraction in Friday’s Grade One Savills Chase at Leopardstown, but Pat Kelly’s stable star failed to make it past the final declaration stage on Thursday due to concerns that the good ground is a little quicker than he would like.

This is the second time in a month that Presenting Percy, the impressive winner of the RSA Chase last season, has failed to appear as planned, following a late swerve around the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown and punters sitting on ante-post tickets for Cheltenham will be starting to get a little anxious if his seasonal reappearance is delayed much longer.

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