"It looks like he's going to carry plenty of weight and I'd be very surprised if he was capable of winning a Pertemps off that sort of weight. That will fairly stall him, I think.
"It can be frustrating (getting different marks in the UK and Ireland) and I don't understand it myself. I just think there are talented horses in Ireland, races are more competitive and it's less competitive in England - you've more meetings and it's unfortunate you have to suffer at a festival. It doesn't happen on the Flat and English horses don't get penalised in Ireland."
Both Mall Dini and Presenting Percy are owned by Philip Reynolds, son of the late Albert Reynolds.
While Mr Reynolds is among an elite group of owners who will be represented by a small number of horses, top owners such as Gigginstown House Stud, JP McManus, Graham Wylie, Ann and Alan Potts, and Susannah and Rich Ricci will all by vying for the new Leading Owner Award, which will be on offer next week compliments of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.
The award will be welcomed by such owners who have supported the festival throughout the years in conjunction with various trainers throughout Europe.
McManus holds the record of the most wins at the Festival, with his six winners in 2016 rounding it off to a staggering 50 to date.
Next is Gigginstown House Stud on 15, with Susannah and Rich Ricci close behind on 13.
Among McManus's key winners last year was Ivanovich Gorbatov, winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle for trainer Joseph O'Brien, who has the five-year-old entered for the County Hurdle and Coral Cup this time round.
Draught stallions on show
A total of 33 stallions are expected to line out for the annual Horse Sport Ireland stallion selections at Cavan Equestrian Centre today and tomorrow.
As usual, the selection process includes assessments in conformation, movement and athleticism using linear profiling. Tomorrow afternoon, the sport horse stallions will be assessed jumping under saddle and those going forward to Stage 2 will be ridden by Captain Geoff Curran from the Army Equitation School.
The full list of Irish draught stallions going forward is confirmed as: Castlegar Cool Mist, Claddagh White Smoke, Seacrest Diamond, The Bachelor, Follyglen Grey Cloud, Heatherdale Icon, Inisfree The Iron Cross, Millhollow King, Farmhill Highlander, Grandpas Rebel, Scotsborough Prince, WRS Sun Rise, Barnaview Grosvenors Star and Glencorran Diamond.
The two ponies are Ard Ri Shadow and Jacodi's Anja's Admiral, while the 16 sport horses are named as: Tyson, Ice Man, Mr Lincoln B, Sacre Bleu, Ganesh Hero Z, Calamiro M, Captain Pearl, Castlelawn Captain Junior, Guinness, Colandro, Denzel VDL Z, Jackson VDL, Kings Cornet, Lagans OBOS Quality, Vittorio and Rising Sun. Sadly, only one thoroughbred is to be put forward this year, the former Group 3 winner Primary, by Giant's Causeway.
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