The Grade One Ladbrokes Champion Chase takes place at Down Royal tomorrow. For the showcase we are Presenting Percy, by having his first run for trainer Gordon Elliott.
Not having any luck and finishing last season without a win, the former Pat Kelly stable star has switched scenery and ended the season with a fall in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
His last win came in the 2018 RSA Chase and will have a new rider tomorrow with Denis O’Regan taking over from regular jockey, Davy Russell, who is currently on the long-term injury list.
The current entries for this event are only coming from three stables with Elliott having Alpha Des Obeaux, Delta Work, Raven Hill and The Storyteller also entered. The trio of stables will be completed by Noel Meade who has Snow Falcon and Tout Est Permis with Henry de Bromhead having Balko Des Flos and Chris’s Dream. What would be the odds for a trainer having first and second?
An eventful day is on the cards with Elliott also giving a seasonal reappearance to the dual Cheltenham Festival winner Samcro in the Lough Construction Ltd. Chase. A victory in the Marsh Novices’s Chase put this eight-year-old firmly back on track.
A good and competitive card at Down Royal, it might give us a few pointers towards Cheltenham 2021, whatever may happen and many hoping that this current pandemic will be eased.