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Patience required with Sizing John

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Robbie Power has admitted the current dry spell is proving problematic for Sizing John’s return to action.

The 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has not been seen since finishing down the field at Leopardstown more than a year ago.

Jessica Harrington had hoped to get him out before now, but the lack of rain has made it even harder to get him fit.

“It’s getting a bit frustrating at this stage,” said Power in his Boylesports blog.

“I’m nearly 20 years riding now and I’ve never known the ground to be this good in January. There’s one thing we can’t control, though — and that’s the weather — so we’re just going to have to be patient. It is Ireland we live in after all so at some stage we are going to get rain!

“There are a lot of trainers, like Jessie with Sizing John and Pat Kelly with Presenting Percy, just trying to get runs into them. The clock is ticking, though, and they’re going to have to run somewhere between now and Cheltenham.”