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Monday 18 February 2019

Presenting Percy prepares to take test on Thyestes day

BOOKED IN: Presenting Percy is expected to make his seasonal return next week. Photo: RacingPost.com
BOOKED IN: Presenting Percy is expected to make his seasonal return next week. Photo: RacingPost.com

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy looks likely to make his eagerly awaited return to action at Gowran Park next week.

Last season's RSA Chase winner has yet to run this season, due to the dry ground, but is on course to start back in the Galmoy Hurdle on Thyestes Chase day next Thursday.

Presenting Percy won the Galmoy Hurdle last season as trainer Pat Kelly opted to take an unconventional route to the Cheltenham Festival with a novice chaser, but this year's return to the three-mile hurdle has been forced due to the unseasonably dry weather.

Presenting Percy is the most eye-catching of the 18 entries for the Galmoy Hurdle, which will be covered live on RTÉ, along with the Thyestes Chase, and the ground shouldn't cause any concerns for Kelly's stable star.

Gowran Park are expecting 10mm of rain before the weekend and the ground is currently described as yielding, yielding to soft in places.

Meanwhile, the going will be standard as always at Dundalk for their eight-race card on the all-weather this evening. Louth native Richard Fahey sends over a couple of notable runners from his North Yorkshire base.

CHARMING KID (8.00 Dundalk) is without a win since making a successful debut last May but on ratings he looks very well suited by the J Duffy Services Race.

Barry McHugh is back on board the three-year-old who ran a bit better at Kempton a fortnight ago and if able to find anything near his turf form last season, he should prove hard to beat.

Fahey's other representative is THE RIGHT CHOICE (8.30) in the finale.

A winner at Southwell last week, The Right Choice has been a consistent performer in this sort of grade and could be still well able to win again off his Irish rating of 75.

Aido McGuinness has enjoyed nice success on both sides of the Irish Sea lately and three-time course-and-distance winner BEAU SATCHEL (7.00) could be the horse that keeps his good run going this evening.

The nine-year-old is running off his lowest mark at Dundalk since 2013 and he can pass the judge in front, if building on a recent run at Wolverhampton, with Tom Madden's valuable 3lb claim a bonus.

DUNDALK TODAY

5.00 Bright Eyed

5.30 Marmalade N Toast

6.00 Ciao

6.30 Dolly Levi

7.00 Beau Satchel

7.30 Sheisdiesel

8.00 Charming Kid

8.30 The Right Choice

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