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  • Grand National an option for Presenting Percy, says Gordon Elliott

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    Trainer Gordon Elliott has stated that the 2021 Grand National is a serious option for new recruit Presenting Percy and he is somewhat surprised to see the runner priced as high as 33/1 for the Aintree spectacular.

    Presenting Percy impressed when winning the 2018 RSA Chase ahead of dual Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo who came down at the last, however the runner hasn’t won over fences since then and subsequently left Pat Kelly to take up residence with Elliott.

    While still in contention, the nine-year-old fell just two out in the 2020 Gold Cup and he is up for grabs at odds of between 20/1 and 28/1 for the showpiece event at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

    Elliott said: “Presenting Percy is not your typical big three-mile chaser. He’s a short-coupled horse but he’s got a real deep girth, so loads of room there for oxygen, and a good heart.

    “We’re happy with what he’s shown us at home. He’s being trained for the Gold Cup at the moment, but I definitely have the English Grand National in the back of my mind.

    “I think he’s the type of horse who would suit the race. He’s got a lot of class. He travels. He jumps. 33-1? Yes, that wouldn’t be bad. It could be a lot shorter on the day if he turns up.”

    Should Presenting Percy line-up at the 2021 Grand National, then the likelihood is that he will have to deal with dual winner Tiger Roll.