Mouse Morris is hopeful First Lieutenant can overcome Bobs Worth in Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
The Irish raider chased home Bobs Worth at Cheltenham and was eventually beaten two and a half lengths, before going on to finish third at the Punchestown Festival.
Trainer Mouse Morris said: "Bobs Worth is obviously a much shorter price than us. Maybe they (bookmakers) are right, but it won't bother me - the horse doesn't know what price he is."
He added: "Ideally we'd like better ground, but then so would he (Bobs Worth), so what's good for the goose is good for the gander. I'm very hopeful our horse is going to run a big race.
"He's ready to rock and roll and hopefully the ground is drying out a bit and it isn't going to be too bad. There is nowhere else for him to go before the Lexus, so he might as well run as he's in really good fettle at the moment."
Hold On Julio caught the attention of many pundits when a fine third at Cheltenham on his seasonal return, and though he disappointed when sent off joint-favourite in Grade Three company at the Cheltenham Festival, trainer Alan King is sweet on his chances this time.
The Barbury Castle handler told his website, www.alankingracing.co.uk: "Hold On Julio represents us on Saturday and is unquestionably the best chance we've had of winning the prestigious handicap.
"He continues to improve, even as he approaches his 10th birthday, and I couldn't be happier with his well-being. I was thrilled with his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham last month and he has come on significantly for that run.
"He's got a nice weight, should handle the ground and gets the trip well. In short, he ticks all the boxes and I'm hopeful of a big run."
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Johnson remains under observation
Conti chasing second Charlie Hall
Terror scares Newmarket rivals
Filleule faces Champion test
Terror scares off Newmarket rivals
Sgt far from Reckless at Uttoxeter
Little King wears Down Royal crown
Nicholls goes on Charm offensive
Fishers angling for Wetherby prize
Lavelle star Bec in business
Weld out to break new ground
Osborne ready to 'roll the dice'
Dank bids to sign off on a high
Turf glory in sight for Telescope
Red Ed upbeat about Cadeaux
Aktabantay out of Breeders' Cup
Tearless secures Good Friday ticket
Overnight stay for Johnson
Crawford banks on Izzini progress
Toast could make Spencer think
Road charts route to Royal riches
Grece excels at Saint-Cloud
Hawk given Greatwood option
Hannon: Early speed key for Osaila
30 October 2014Tearless takes Lingfield honours
Johnson taken to hospital
Royal summons for Apache
Bowe takes aim at WKD bullseye
Hootenanny 'smoking' for BC mission
Avenue roads lead to Newmarket
Shu to be kept busy
Scu sweet on Sensation Ascot raid
Murtagh succumbs to Cup charms
Dandino to stay in Australia
Glance denied Mackinnon defence
Bailey ace rules Supreme at Taunton
O'Brien hit by Magician blow
Diablo in big-race picture
Buckley raises Toast to Osborne
Pastille seeking four-timer
Conti all set for Charlie Hall
Barnes out to storm Saint-Cloud
Williams issues Buywise warning
Lynam reveals Slade stalls fears
29 October 2014Lame Magician out of Breeders' Cup
Diablo in big-race picture
Mullins enters strong Hennessy team
Damaged hock behind Estid reverse
Eckhart team rocked by injury blow
Hunt Ball makes Power play
Morgiana a T bone of contention
Kirby ponders Buttons French raid
Glance camp turn to Williams
Wohler trusts 'professional' Moore
Red alert to Cup challenge
Head targets more Mile glory
Mile hope Toronado in 'great form'
Telescope camp banking on Moore
Twiston-Davies link excites Moore
Flying third to Bob on hurdling bow
Harden to test top staying waters
Godolphin take share in Belardo
Mullins has big guns at Down Royal
Annacotty set for Kempton return
Powell and Bradley cleared
28 October 2014Fingal camp on weather watch
More injury woe for Popham
Dickin unveils Thomas gameplan
Power stalls in Flemington spin
Toast drawn nine in BC Classic
My Ambivalent passed fit by vets
Harry out to bring House down
Three and easy for ton-up Hanagan
Wood carves out Galway verdict
More Of That in Wetherby frame
Big guns confirmed for Charlie Hall
Byron pencilled in for Far East
Newbury reverts to original title
Magician to stay in the US