Pileon fires over fences to win Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle
The Philip Hobbs-trained Pileon received a 16-1 quote from William Hill for the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival after an authoritative five-length victory in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.
Pileon (5-2 favourite) failed to fire initially over fences last year, but the handicapper reacted accordingly and jockey Ben Jones drew clear over the last to score with plenty to spare from The Cobb.
Jones said: “He has been a bit frustrating, but to be fair, I think we have finally found the key to him – we were handy away and just give him a bit of light and he was always travelling. He’s a classy horse.
“If everything fell right for him on the day, he has a right good chance in the Pertemps. He goes well around Cheltenham and he likes these tough-going tracks, so as long as the ground is in our favour – sticky, tacky, softer ground is what he loves.”