Presenting Percy spearheads RSA field at Cheltenham Festival

Mon 12 Mar 2018

Presenting Percy will attempt to land a second successive Cheltenham Festival victory in the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase.

Last year's Pertemps hero features in a field of 10 in Wednesday's Grade One contest which has been claimed in recent times by subsequent Gold Cup winners Denman, Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth.

The Patrick Kelly-trained seven-year-old has won two out of his four starts over fences and also hit the target this season in a Grade Two hurdle at Gowran on his penultimate outing.

Monalee, from the yard of Henry de Bromhead, will renew rivalry with Al Boum Photo after the pair finished first and second respectively in a Grade One at Leopardstown.

Al Boum Photo's trainer Willie Mullins also saddles Bonbon Au Miel.

Ballyoptic will bid to follow up his success in a Grade Two at Wetherby and give trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies his third victory in the race.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton will bid for a ninth win over fences, and second at Grade One level, while Elegant Escape will fly the flag for trainer Colin Tizzard.

Completing the field is Allysson Monterg (Richard Hobson), Dounikos (Gordon Elliott), and Full Irish (Emma Lavelle).

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