Peter Fahey on weather watch for Cheltenham Festival hope Peregrine Run

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Peter Fahey is anxiously waiting for the weather to dry up so he can make plans for Cheltenham entry Peregrine Run.

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Something of a forgotten horse this season, almost 200 days will have elapsed since his last run at Killarney in August.

As he needs good ground it has always been the plan to head straight to Cheltenham, but Fahey is not 100 per cent the ground will dry up in time for the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase contender.

"Everything seems fine with him but we're just waiting on the ground," said Fahey.

"He has to have good ground so we'll make a decision on whether he travels much nearer the time.

"He's in brilliant form and working well but it's just a pity we're going to be sitting and waiting to see what the ground is like and it will be down to that whether he runs or not.

"With the way the weather is at the minute you just don't know, we've got our fingers crossed. On nice ground he'd definitely take his chance.

"He'll run in the handicap. He wouldn't be giving away lots of weight despite being top weight.

"He's running off his Irish mark which I'm happy about and I'd be very happy to take him if the ground is good.

"Last year in the Coral Cup we rode him a bit too close to the pace so we'll change things a bit but he still wasn't beaten far."

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