The Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal proved to be a real cracker when the Gordon Elliott trained The Storyteller got the better of Chris’s Dream on the run up to the line. In what was a fascinating race, it was the nine-year-old’s biggest success to date. As the form horse in the race, the last couple of furlongs set us up for a cracker when all the leading players in the race jostled for positions coming round the bend.
But it was jockey Keith Donoghue, that produced The Storyteller with a quick burst of speed on the outside that lined up the battling finish as he landed the spoils at 9/2. Presenting Percy ran with credit too and will come on a ton for the race having been up there for most of the way until falling back toward the finish. Noel Meade’s Tout Est Permis stayed on to finish third but all the talk of the race was between The Storyteller and Chris’s Dream.