Flooring Porter surges to victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with favourite Paisley Park failing to regain title after tiring on the final stretch
- Flooring Porter enters the Stayers’ Hurdle with outside odds of 12/1
- Hot favourite Paisley Park was widely expected to regain his crown in the race
- Sire Du Berlais finished strongly to take second place with Beacon Edge in fourth
Flooring Porter put on a commanding display in the Cheltenham Festival Stayers’ Hurdle to surge to victory by almost four clear lengths.
Winner of a Navan handicap in November, Flooring Porter graduated to Grade One level with victory in Leopardstown’s Christmas Hurdle and he confirmed his position at the top of the staying ranks with a dominant display.
Ridden by Danny Mullins after regular partner Jonathan Moore gave up the ride on the morning of the race, Gavin Cromwell’s charge assumed control from the moment the tapes went up and Flooring Porter kept pulling out more in front.
Flooring Porter (lead) put on a commanding display in the Cheltenham Festival Stayers’ Hurdle
Defending champion Lisnagar Oscar was an early faller, leaving Sire Du Berlais and gallant favourite Paisley Park to chase home the winner.
However, they were no match, with Flooring Porter winning by three and a quarter lengths.
The 12/1 outsider held firm throughout the race with the leading pack, while favourite Paisley Park could only manage a third-placed finish after tiring on the final stretch.
Sire Du Berlais nipped in at second place while Beacon Edge came home at fourth.