Percy swerves John Durkan

Five go to post at Punchestown

  • Friday 07 December
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A field of five will go to post for Sunday’s John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, with Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy a glaring omission.

His reticent trainer Pat Kelly had earmarked the Grade One as a starting point for the seven-year-old, who is now unlikely to be seen before Christmas.

Heading the field is Henry de Bromhead’s Balko Des Flos, a hugely impressive winner of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March.

He reappeared in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal but was a disappointing fourth behind Road To Respect.

Willie Mullins’ Min is making his first appearance of the season. Second to Altior in the Champion Chase and Politologue at Aintree, he has not been seen since finishing fourth to Un De Sceaux at Punchestown.

Gordon Elliott is double-handed with The Storyteller and classy mare Shattered Love, who was also successful at The Festival in March – winning the JLT Novices’ Chase.

She was also beaten on her return to action at Down Royal by Snow Falcon.

Completing the field is Joseph O’Brien’s Edwulf, a surprise winner of the Irish Gold Cup in February but well beaten at Cheltenham and Punchestown since.

Percy swerves John Durkan

Punchestown 14:00, 9 December 2018

Punchestown 14:00, 9 December 2018

Finished 1 of 5 @ 1/1

raced 3rd, travelled well after 3 out, closed 2 out where not much room on inner, pushed along to lead before last, driven out run-in, reduced advantage closing stages

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Punchestown 14:00, 9 December 2018

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