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Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy misses Cheltenham prep on Saturday

Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy will not prep for the festival this weekend after Pat Kelly's star chaser did not feature in seven entries for the BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday. 

The eight-year-old has missed a few engagements over fences this season, mainly because of unsuitably dry ground conditions, with the most recent case before the Bobbyjo being the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park last weekend. Presenting Percy, who is a top-priced 7-2 for the Gold Cup, has not run over fences since landing the RSA Chase at last year's festival.

He made his reappearance at Gowran Park last month, when he landed the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle for the second consecutive year, but Kelly, after walking the course at Fairyhouse, has opted not to follow up with a run in the Bobbyjo.

The seven declared were Outlander, Alpha Des Obeaux, Rathvinden, Champagne Harmony, Pleasant Company, Valseur Lido and Magic Of Light.

Rathvinden won the National Hunt Chase at last year's festival, while Pleasant Company won the Bobbyjo in 2017 and was runner-up in the Grand National last year behind Tiger Roll.

Supreme fancy Angels Breath features at Kempton

In Britain, leading Supreme Novices’ Hurdle contender Angels Breath has been declared to face eight rivals in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday.

The vibes out of champion trainer Nicky Henderson’s stable were strong regarding the five-year-old even before he won impressively on his British debut in the Grade 2 Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot in December.

He jumped only four hurdles that day and Henderson has been keen to get more experience into the grey before his planned run in the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival, for which he is a best-priced 13-2 shot.

However, Angels Breath had to miss the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock last month on account of not being ‘quite right’ according to his trainer, while his proposed engagement in the Sidney Banks Novices’ Hurdle at Huntingdon was cancelled due to the equine flu crisis.

Owner Dai Walters already has a strong hand in the Supreme after Al Dancer’s Betfair Hurdle victory last weekend led to him becoming the new ante-post favourite for the festival curtain-raiser.

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