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Roberto Pegasus looks a decent wager on his second start of the campaign at Huntingdon, according to our Matt Brocklebank.
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Roberto Pegasus - 1.30 Huntingdon
The form of Alan King's horses has taken a slight dip this month after recording perfectly respectable strike rates in October and November, but the trainer has done really well at Huntingdon in recent years and Roberto Pegasus can add to his course tally in the Betfred "Goals Galore" Handicap Hurdle this afternoon.
Rated 84 on the Flat, the selection only raced twice in his first campaign over hurdles, showing a degree of promise on both occasions, but it was his comeback effort at Cheltenham last month that really caught the eye.
His sixth-placed finish in that novices' handicap event doesn't appear anything out of the ordinary at first glance but a closer look shows he was facing a nigh on impossible task trying to beat some exceptionally well treated rivals on his first start of the campaign.
The winner, Quick Jack, has since felt the wrath of the assessor by way of a 19lb rise and tops the betting market for next weekend's Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot, while the second and third have both won since and the fifth went pretty close at Sandown.
Roberto Pegasus has been left on the same mark of 117 and remains open to considerable improvement after just three public outings over obstacles and should strip fitter for his reappearance run.
This is another decent contest, of that there's no doubt, but Karazhan hasn't been sighted since January and that one's stablemate Springinherstep has to atone for a lifeless effort at Taunton, so I'm willing to overlook them.
The obvious threat is Prompter, who is 5lb well in racing just a week after finishing second at Wincanton, but he doesn't always find a great deal off the bridle and I won't be panicking greatly if he's still moving well for McCoy when others are starting to come under pressure.