Gold Cup Favourite Presenting Percy Will Not Run in The Red Mills Chase
Presenting Percy has been one of the key Cheltenham Festival Tips for most of the season with the RSA Chase winner the long-time favourite for the Gold Cup.
The Pat Kelly trained chaser has been a winner at the Festival for the past two years and had been expected to make his first start of the season over fences at Gowran Park on Saturday afternoon in the Red Mills Chase.
In a shock move, the horse wasn't declared for the race and there are now serious questions marks over his Cheltenham chances. The 8-year-old was last seen winning the Galmoy Hurdle but could now have to go to the biggest race of the season without a run over the larger obstacles this term, and just five runs in total over fences.
It would certainly be an unorthodox prep for a horse to head to such a difficult race at the highest level with so little prep and as you can imagine racing fans on social media have reacted with plenty of confusion...
I haven’t fancied PRESENTING PERCY all along and he won’t win the Gold Cup now after just one run over hurdles. Absolutely ludicrous price for the race anyway. - (@BobbyPeng)
No run for Presenting Percy tomorrow. Can't say I'm not concerned about his Gold Cup prep. Be nice to know he is 100% from the trainer/owner and what the new plan is. - (@MarkBallRacing)
Disappointed/worried that there is no Presenting Percy in Gowran Park tomorrow #CheltenhamFestival - (originalblink)
I for one WILL NOT be backing Presenting Percy at Cheltenham. He will not be fit enough. - (@Scare158Steve)
The Cheltenham Festival picture has already proven to be a muddy one for ante-post punters this season and this latest news about Presenting Percy only adds a further layer of intrigue for fans of the great game.