Drying conditions will suit Roberto

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WE have just the one runner at Cheltenham on Friday, Roberto Pegasus in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, and the more the ground dries out the better his chance.

Alan said: “The ground would have been plenty soft enough for him when he finished fourth at Southwell last month, so the drying conditions will help him, and he will also come on for that comeback run.

“We also have a couple going up to Doncaster, Desert Joe and Winter Escape. Desert Joe, who tackles the staying handicap chase, dropped himself out at Ascot last time but then finished his off race with a flourish, so we hope that first-time cheekpieces might make a difference.

“Winter Escape makes his debut in the maiden hurdle. He is owned by JP (McManus) and I have been happy with what he has been doing at home and am keen to get him started.”