Three Cork jockeys jostle to land Cheltenham’s biggest prize

Three Cork jockeys jostle to land Cheltenham’s biggest prize
Presenting Percy and Davy Russell. Picture: Healy Racing

THE Cheltenham Gold Cup dominates the final day of the Cheltenham meeting with Cork jockeys Davy Russell, Paul Townend and Jonathan Burke all hoping to land the biggest prize in national hunt racing.

Russell rides the favourite Presenting Percy and won the race previously when Lord Windemere sprung a big surprise in 2014. The Youghal rider looks to have a massive chance against a quality field.

Russell and Presenting Percy are hoping to win at a third consecutive festival after winning the Pertemps and RSA Chase at the last two festivals.

However, the problem for punters is Presenting Percy has not jumped a fence in public all season due to the dry ground conditions. His only appearance on a race course was in the Galmoy hurdle where he was a convincing winner on Thyestes Chase Day at Gowran Park. His unorthodox preparation is a concern but the vibes from connections are very strong.

Townend will ride Al Boom Photo who has plenty going for him with his only appearance this season in a listed Chase at Tramore on New Year’s Day.

Johnny Burke rides Double Shuffle for Tom George and is a big outsider at
66/1.

Meanwhile, Innishannon’s Aidan Coleman won the feature race aboard Paisley Park on day three of the festival.

The 11/8 favourite crashed through the last hurdle but survived the error and stayed on well for victory.

Un De Sceaux finished fifth in the Ryanair Chase staying on well on ground he clearly would have hated.

Finally, Coppeen rider Noel Fehily also finished the day with a winner aboard Eglantine Du Seuil in the mares novice hurdle before announcing he will retire at the end of the season.

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