Presenting Percy wins Listed boomerang.ie Chase at Thurles for Gordon Elliott

Presenting Percy

Presenting Percy resumed winning ways with a smooth success in the Listed boomerang.ie Chase at Thurles for trainer Gordon Elliott.

On only his second start since switching to Elliott's stable, the dual Cheltenham-Festival hero oozed class as he took care of Kemboy and Monalee with an authoritative display.

It was Monalee who cut out the early running at a solid, if not ridiculous, tempo with market leader Kemboy happy to track him as Presenting Percy settled on the inside back in third.

It was outsider Darasso who backed out first, crying enough when Monalee upped the ante, but Presenting Percy was always travelling powerfully for jockey Jack Kennedy and while Kemboy produced a hairy jump at the fourth last, Presenting Percy continued to meet his fences with precision.

Kennedy still cut a confident figure as Presenting Percy moved up ominously when turning for home and he had already taken command when finding another terrific leap at the final fence as Kemboy again met it wrong as he tried in vain to get back on terms.

Willie Mullins' charge did finish off his race well enough but he was still six and a half lengths in arrears of Presenting Percy at the line with Monalee a further two and a quarter lengths back in third.

Kennedy said: “He did it very well, he had race-fitness on his side but he put in an exhibition of jumping and quickened up well at the back of the second-last.

“I had sat on him previously at home, but he is very straightforward and is a dream to ride. He jumps and travels away and I was happy at all stages. I was delighted with the way he travelled and I was nearly half-taking him back going across the top I was going that easy.

“That win might do him the world of good and hopefully he can keep going after that.”

Owner Philip Reynolds was thrilled to see Presenting Percy get his head in front again, and could now look to the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

He said: “It’s a huge relief – I watched the race from behind the couch!

“I was most pleased to see the way he finished and how he picked up from the back of the second-last. Anne, my wife, says putting the sheepskin noseband back on made the difference.

“It’s just nice to see him back and maybe now we can make a plan. Well done Gordon and Jack.”

The Willie Mullins-trained Kemboy was ridden by Paul Townend, who said: “He made a mistake at the last fence up the back and that came at the wrong time for him. He had a good blow and I thought he ran OK.”

Assistant trainer Patrick Mullins added: “I thought at least he travelled well, in the main he jumped very well and got tired from the back of the last, which I wasn’t surprised at.

“I thought it was satisfactory, he’ll need to improve but he should.”

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