Trainer Colin Tizzard is convinced his stable star Cue Card will stay the trip in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Second to Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle at Cheltenham in the spring, the six-year-old returned to action with an emphatic win in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, but steps up to three miles for the first time in the big Christmas chasing test.
"We think he's as good as he's ever been. We've just got to keep him ticking over until Wednesday," said the Dorset trainer.
"Obviously we'll find out then if he gets the trip. It will be a test of stamina, no doubt. He's a Champion Bumper winner. I think he stays perfectly all right."
The Philip Hobbs-trained Captain Chris bids to improve on his third place 12 months ago and owner Diana Whateley's husband Graham would like to see dry weather.
"We've got our fingers crossed that the weather is kinder to us than it has been," he said.
"I've always liked the horse very much, as has Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson so it will be interesting to see how he gets on. "If he runs as well as he did last time, we'll be very pleased."
The David Pipe-trained Grands Crus has the chance to get his career back on track following a wind operation after a couple of disappointing performances since he won the Feltham Novices' Chase so emphatically last year.
"I was never happy at Cheltenham (Paddy Power Gold Cup). I was always having to niggle him along and he was beaten by the second fence. He was a shadow of himself on the day, he didn't feel the same horse," said jockey Tom Scudamore.
"It's been frustrating to watch from the sidelines but hopefully we'll get the real Grands Crus back."
26 November 2015Sean Bowen stood down after Taunton fall
Marco Botti duo seeking Wolverhampton riches
Sternrubin leads Newbury rivals a merry dance
Ubak out to defy long absence in Newbury highlight
Winning start over fences for Shaneshill at Thurles
Native River makes a big splash in Newbury Grade Two
Tom Marquand nominated for BBC award
Modus 'getting there' in maintaining unbeaten record over hurdles at Newbury
Winning start over fences for Shaneshill at Thurles
Stuart Edmunds issues Chepstow warning for Wolf Of Windlesham
Gunnery Sergeant sights set on Royal Bond outing
Just Cameron pleases Micky Hammond in Wetherby spin
Irving and Top Notch set for Newcastle rematch
Saphir Du Rheu tops 17 runners in Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury
Charlie Longsdon's Pendra could enter Grand National equation
Fire Fighting too good in Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton
Brave Hero makes an impression on Lingfield debut
Charlie Longsdon takes aim at Long Walk Hurdle with Kilcooley
John Constable in the frame for Gerry Feilden honours
Un Temps Pour Tout out to star in hot novice chase at Newbury
O'Faolains Boy will bid to go the Distance at Newbury
Annacotty leads entries for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham
Colin Bowe 'tempted' by Drinmore run for Shantou Flyer
David Dennis plotting Doctor Phoenix campaign following Haydock verdict
25 November 2015Run Ructions Run makes winning chase debut for Tim Easterby at Wetherby
Goonyella set to bid for Becher compensation at Aintree
Alan King planning hurdles switch with The Unit
Down Royal return possible for Foxhunter hero On The Fringe
Mondialiste aimed at Hong Kong Mile by David O'Meara
Gilgamboa set for John Durkan return at Punchestown
Dan and Harry Skelton hit Lingfield double
Emma Lavelle sets sights on chase campaign for Closing Ceremony
Willie Mullins dominates Royal Bond entries at Fairyhouse
Neil Mulholland thrilled with Fox Norton Cheltenham effort
Emma Lavelle outlines Ascot aim for Junction Fourteen
Arctic Fire in perfect Hatton's Grace 10
Jonjo O'Neill eyeing low-key target for Minella Rocco
Hennessy robbed of star turn as Coneygree misses race
Jonjo O'Neill set to ease Holywell in grade
24 November 2015Further funding secured for Great British Racing International
No More Heroes heads Drinmore contenders at Fairyhouse
Coneygree forced out of Hennessy after schooling session
Evan Williams pinpoints two options for "frustrating" Buywise
Potters Legend to be sent hurdling by Lucy Wadham
Harry Fry excited by prospect of seeing Bitofapuzzle over fences
Nicky Henderson in no rush to decide on Bobs Worth pilot in Hennessy
David Pipe confirms Moon Racer setback
Medicean Man back in business at Chelmsford
Delight for David Dennis as King's Song hits right note at Ludlow
Former jockey Darren Egan disqualified following corruption hearing
International mission at Cheltenham for Peace And Co and My Tent Or Yours
Vroum Vroum Mag stars in Carlisle weekend entry
Morello Royale denies Polly in Kempton Listed affair
Vaniteux makes victorious start to chasing career at Kempton
Coneygree stands firm at top of Hennessy field
Wicklow Brave and Identity Thief added to Fighting Fifth field
23 November 2015Victoria Pendleton closes in on point-to-point ride this weekend
Brain powers to Kempton victory for Nicky Henderson
Cheltenham and Navan options for Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light
Alvarado on Grand National trail again
Rebecca Curtis eyeing King George option for Irish Cavalier
Barry Connell confirms hurdles plan for Cheltenham winner Martello Tower
Willie Mullins expecting 'cracking' King George with Vautour
Monksland in Drinmore picture after Gowran win
Well-connected Augusta Kate scores for Alan Shearer and company
Troytown glory for Riverside City and Jack Kennedy
Douvan delivers on chasing debut at Navan
Falcon Crest impresses in Monksfield victory
Woodland Opera books big-race ticket with Navan success
Coneygree back on Hennessy trail after delighting in Sunday gallop
Ptit Zig connections mull Vautour King George rematch