The Down Royal Champion Chase is always a race laden with quality and this year is no different. Presenting Percy is having his first run for Gordon Elliott after leaving Pat Kelly. He will face Delta Work and seven other rivals in the feature.
Presenting Percy’s owner Philip Reynolds made the tough decision to switch his star from Kelly’s yard. The nine-year-old was winless throughout all of last season which ended with a fall in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Presenting Percy has been a bitter disappointment ever since he bolted up in the RSA Chase at the 2018 Festival. As a matter of fact, that was the last time he has won over fences so it is a surprise to see him so short for this race.
Gordon Elliott has also declared Alpha Des Obeaux, Delta Work, Ravenhill and The Storyteller in a race featuring representatives from just three yards.
The fact Gordon is already talking about a tilt at the Aintree Grand National for Presenting Percy doesn’t bode well for his chances on Saturday. DELTA WORK is going to take the world of beating and is without doubt the best horse in the race.
Delta Work could only muster up a disappointing fourth place finish in this race last season. Road To Respect was primed for the race and landed the double so it may have been the plan all along for Gigginstown.
Race fitness would be the only slight niggling doubt but the fact Road To Respect is not here this year is a huge plus. It means Gigginstown might want to make sure Delta Work is spot on for this. The famous maroon silks have won the race for the last seven years in succession.
After his poor effort in this race last year, he won a pair of Grade One’s at Leopardstown. Then he was then put away for March and rounded off his campaign with a fifth place finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
He jumped like a pig on the day so to finish just six lengths off the winner was a great achievement. He is still only a seven-year-old and his best days might be ahead, that’s for sure. The horse won’t be 25/1 for the Gold Cup if he wins on Saturday so now is the time to have a bet!