Trained by Pat Kelly, Presenting Percy ran out a superb winner of the (Grade 1) RSA Novices' Chase at Cheltenham back in March, notching up his second Festival success having landed the (listed) Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle 12 months previously.
The talented seven-year-old currently heads the market for next year's Gold Cup, best priced at 5-1, and looked set to make his eagerly anticipated seasonal reappearance this weekend at Punchestown in the (Grade One) John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, before connections decided a change of plans was the better option.
"It's not ideal - it's two and a half miles around Punchestown. There will be other days later in the year where we can get a true test of the Gold Cup field.
"It's a very competitive area, so he'll have to be at his very best every day he runs.
"I'd say Pat is concentrating on later on in the season."
Published at 10:30 07/12/18