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PRESENTING PERCY: Remembering the two-time Festival winner

Connections of Presenting Percy confirmed their star passed away on Thursday evening

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2EDJD03 Britain Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse - 16/3/17 Davy Russell on Presenting Percy celebrates winning the 2.10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle Reuters / Stefan Wermuth Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

The racing world was deeply saddened by the loss of duel Cheltenham Festival winner Presenting Percy on Thursday evening.

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Denise Foster’s charge, owned by Phillip Reynolds, died after suffering from a blood infection, aged 10.

His owner said in an emotional tribute: “The sudden sadness of his passing is hard to contemplate, and the wonders of ‘what if’ will remain. To everyone who shared our love for Percy, we are so sorry.

WATCH: PRESENTING PERCY’S SOLE WIN FOR CULLENTRA ARRIVED AT THURLES IN NOVEMBER [CREDIT: RACING TV]

“The horse of my lifetime – and my honour to have been called his owner.”

Presenting Percy ridden by Davy Russell on the way to winning the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

The son of Sir Percy won 11 of his 26 starts, including at two Cheltenham Festival’s in 2017 and 2018, respectively, both for former handler Pat Kelly.

He secured success in the Pertemps Final at Prestbury Park under usual pilot Russell four years ago, before ruling as king of the staying novice chasers in Gloucestershire twelve months later.

He was a duel winner of the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park and also landed the Porterstown Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse when still a novice over fences.

WATCH: PRESENTING PERCY AND DAVY RUSSELL RUN OUT EASY WINNERS OF THE FESTIVAL NOVICES’ CHASE (FORMERLY RSA) AT THE 2018 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

His final appearance came at Leopardstown in the Savills Chase in December, where he finished eighth behind A Plus Tard.

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