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Monday 18 December 2017

No rush yet for presenting case

Kelly won't rush Percy back into Grade One company despite his Fairyhouse success

Despite his new rating, Presenting Percy will not be going amongst Grade One company in his next race. Pic: racingpost.com
Despite his new rating, Presenting Percy will not be going amongst Grade One company in his next race. Pic: racingpost.com

Galway trainer Pat Kelly is going to take a patient approach with stable star Presenting Percy after the six-year-old's emphatic victory in the Porterstown Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Kelly, who was one of six nominees for the Outstanding Achievement Award at today's HRI Awards, is unlikely to pitch Presenting Percy into Grade One company for his next start, despite the fact that he is now officially rated just 2lbs lower than Gordon Elliott's Grade One winner Death Duty.

"He's here looking out over the door at me and there's not a bother on him today," Kelly told the Herald yesterday evening.

"All is good with him, he's a hell of a good horse in my opinion anyway. I'll see where I go with him next but I won't go straight into a Grade One with him anyway."

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Presenting Percy's only previous effort in Grade One company came at the Punchestown Festival last season when he contested the three-mile novice hurdle and finished sixth after winning the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but Kelly is in no rush to return to the top level.

"I'll go for a Grade Two or a Grade Three with him now or something like that but I wouldn't go for a Grade One with him, he's only six and you could ruin him putting him in there at that level too quick," Kelly continued.

"He's still only six, only six, and it's all right for the big boys running in those races, anything can happen, but we wouldn't have a lot of horses so we mind what he have as good as we can.

"I'd say you'll definitely see him at Christmas but there is nothing planned where yet. There's not a flinch out of him today, he's a cool character."

Kelly has sent out just 14 individual horses over jumps this season and admitted: "It is great for a small yard to have a horse like this, that is for certain.

"His owner (Philip Reynolds) is a top-class man and a brilliant owner so it is great for both of us.

He has horses in a lot of yards and I'm lucky enough to have a few good horses belonging to him - we owe him a lot of thanks. He's a good lad."

Presenting Percy's new official rating of 157 leaves him just below Death Duty, who is rated 159 after his Drinmore Novice Chase win on the same card, and both novices are rated above Saturday's Ladbrokes Trophy winner Total Recall, who was given a 9lbs rise on his Irish rating to leave him at 156.

Meanwhile, as expected, Douvan heads the list of entries for Saturday's Tingle Creek at Sandown.

A total of 11 stood their ground for the prestigious two-miler in which Willie Mullins has also left in Un De Sceaux and a strong Irish challenge is enhanced by last season's Champion Chase winner Special Tiara.

Bryan Cooper is expected to be back at Sandown on Saturday to partner Colin Tizzard's champion chase runner-up Fox Norton.

The seven-year-old hasn't been beaten since going down by a head to Special Tiara at Cheltenham and Tizzard's son and assistant, Joe, confirmed it is all systems go.

"The Betfair Tingle Creek has been the plan for Fox Norton since the end of last season," said the former jockey.

"We had a lovely run on his reappearance at Cheltenham, when he was mightily impressive.

"It will be interesting to see if Douvan comes over or not but we are looking forward to the challenge.

"Bryan Cooper will be riding him again. Fox Norton will do a piece of work (Tuesday) and then he will be build up into Saturday's race."

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