Quite apart from his obvious form chance, Pat Kelly’s Presenting Percy might need to go up a couple of pounds to be assured of his place in next month’s Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival (his sole entry), so a bold show looks likely in Saturday’s At The Races Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse. (2.55pm).
Testing ground, a drop in trip, plus the addition of a first time tongue tie all provide encouragement to back him, mindful of the fact his brilliant trainer used this race as a launch pad for Mall Dini’s win in last year’s Pertemps.
Bear in mind, Presenting Percy won a Ballinrobe bumper on Heavy last year, and also received a strong collateral form boost on Thursday, with the win of Sutton Manor at Thurles a boost to his recent fourth at Punchestown.
Elsewhere, on to keep on eye on at Newcastle could be Sue Smith’s Special Wells (4.30pm).
He’ll love the testing conditions on Eider day, and has a decent chance of completing a hat-trick after wins at Uttoxeter and Wetherby.
Balyboley keeps the weights down but would surely prefer better ground, and if that turns out to be the favourite’s Achilles heel then Special Wells looks well placed to take advantage.
Saturday’s best bets:
2.55 Fairyhouse- At The Races Handicap Hurdle – 6 Presenting Percy (win) @ 5/2 (bet365, Betfred, Coral, Ladbrokes or Paddy Power)
4.30 Newcastle – Betfred “The Home Of Goals Galore” Handicap Chase – 3 Special Wells (win) @ 4/1 (BetVictor or Skybet)