Mouse Morris is confident First Lieutenant and China Rock will be involved in the finish of the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown today.
First Lieutenant ran a cracker for third in the Hennessy at Newbury, but China Rock hasn't been seen since scoring at the highest level at the Punchestown Festival.
"I couldn't be happier with both of them and I expecting big shows from both. First Lieutenant has had a good start to the season. The ground isn't going to be ideal for him but it's the same for all of them and hopefully he'll be all right," said the trainer.
"China Rock is terribly well and even though it's his first run in a while, he's straight enough. He doesn't take much getting ready. He's a big price, but he doesn't know what price he is and I'm hopeful he's going to run very well. I wouldn't like to split the two of them."
Colm Murphy's Quito De La Roque needs to bounce back to form, with his trainer saying: "He came out of the Aintree race very well, he was as fresh as a daisy afterwards and the Lexus is the obvious race to go for. He won't mind the ground and he has run well round Leopardstown before. He's very well and we just hope he runs a nice race."
Paul Nicholls sends Tidal Bay and is keen to find out how the British form measures up against the best Ireland has to offer in the staying chase division.
He said: "It's going to be interesting taking on the two very good Irish horses but Ruby felt the track and the ground at Leopardstown would suit the horse so we're looking forward to it. His performance off top weight in the Hennessy suggests he's still improving and he deserves to take his chance."
Neil Mulholland acknowledges Midnight Chase faces a difficult task, but could not be happier with his condition. He said: "He's in very good form. He feels well and fresh in himself, so fingers crossed.
"He has come on since his run in the Charlie Hall. He needed that run a bit more than I thought. Hopefully they don't get too much more rain at Leopardstown. It's obviously a very good race, but where else do you go? He has to run in the good races and the ground here is better than it is in England at the moment."
7 February 2016Dean Ivory praise for Chelmsford star Kadrizzi
Nicky Henderson gunning for Cheltenham with Musselburgh winner O O Seven
Noel Meade still sweet on Cheltenham Gold Cup with Road To Riches
Nicky Henderson plans to assess Peace And Co
O O Seven has licence to thrill at Musselburgh
Kadrizzi delivers at Chelmsford for Dean Ivory
Gitane Du Berlais stamps class on Listed heat at Naas
Paul Nicholls and Tommy Silver strike Musselburgh gold
Babbling Stream in full flow at Naas for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh
Charbel rules supreme at Musselburgh for Kim Bailey
Nigel Twiston-Davies hails Bristol De Mai performance
Victoria Pendleton pulls up Working Title at Wadebridge point-to-point
Le Reve team have sights set on Grand National glory
McCoy retains Ivanovich Gorbatov faith despite Leopardstown eclipse
Leopardstown date set to determine Aspen Colorado Cheltenham plan
Colin Tizzard considering racecourse gallop for Gold Cup contender Cue Card
Jonjo O'Neill favouring Newbury date for More Of That
Grendisar powers to Winter Derby Trial repeat at Lingfield
Sad postscript to Leopardstown hunter chase win for You Must Know Me
Saddlers Encore the hero in Sandown test
Carlingford Lough repeats Irish Gold Cup heroics in Leopardstown drama
Blaklion roars to Towton Chase glory at Wetherby
Outlander strikes in Flogas Chase for Grade One king Willie Mullins
Bristol De Mai on course for Cheltenham and JLT after stylish Scilly Isles win
Bleu Et Rouge too good for Tombstone in Deloitte at Leopardstown
Peace And Co shocked at Sandown as Connetable takes Contenders Hurdle
Ivanovich Gorbatov floored by Willie Mullins' trio in Spring Juvenile Hurdle
6 February 2016Ffos Las officials forced to concede defeat
Double delight for Aidan Coleman at Catterick
Ffos Las fixture subject to second inspection at midday
Andrew Tinkler looking forward to high-profile Musselburgh card
Green light for Ffos Las fixture
Zabana raring to go for Flogas mission
Definitly Red spells danger for Wetherby rivals in Towton Chase
Medinas returns to action at Sandown
Nicky Richards launches dual Welsh Champion raid at Ffos Las
Ffos Las fixture subject to morning check
Hunting star On The Fringe returns at Leopardstown
Can Bellshill give Yanworth something to think about at Leopardstown?
Outlander and Pont Alexandre loom large in Flogas Chase
Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov bids to cement Festival place
Rebecca Curtis runners dominate West Wales National field
Tea For Two targeting Grade One double in Scilly Isles date
Sir Des Champs goes for more Gold for Gigginstown
Noel Meade surprised by Road To Riches' odds in Gold Cup test
Peace And Co out to prove he is a genuine Champion Hurdle contender
5 February 2016Alan King outlines plans for star juveniles
Nina Carberry misses On The Fringe mount following back injury
Victoria Pendleton heads to Wadebridge to continue riding experience
Cold As Ice aiming to sparkle for William Haggas in Cleves outing at Lingfield
American ace Frosted puts down World Cup marker at Meydan
Alan King 'keeps it simple' and focuses solely on Neptune with Yanworth
Henry Daly sets sights on Sandown with Towcester winner Flashjack
Arkwrisht proves best for Willie Mullins at Clonmel
Harry Whittington set to swerve Cheltenham with Arzal
Ivanovich Gorbatov tops Triumph list at Cheltenham Festival
Willie Mullins makes monster Supreme entry at Cheltenham
Howard Johnson - I wouldn't have confidence for a training return
Sandy Thomson rules Seeyouatmidnight out of Wetherby heat
4 February 2016Arkwrisht proves best for Willie Mullins at Clonmel
Lifetime bans to be imposed in Ireland for drug missue
Barters Hill handed Albert Bartlett ticket at Cheltenham Festival
Alan King takes aim at Neptune with classy Yanworth
'Bouncing' Road To Riches thrills Noel Meade before Leopardstown date
Anthony Honeyball considers Lily Waugh Cheltenham Festival target
Michael Scudamore has Next Sensation on track for Cheltenham
Paul Nicholls has weighty Grand National issue with Silviniaco Conti
Welcome winner for Jonjo O'Neill at Ludlow
Saeed bin Suroor pays tribute to 'one of the best' on death of Halling, aged 25
French dark horse Maquisard could enter Triumph Hurdle picture
Allysson Monterg sets Richard Hobson a Festival poser with Leicester win
Zawraq future 'in the balance' following slow recovery process
Jeremy Kyle ITV racing role 'discussed'
Michael Scudamore admits defeat in race to get Monbeg Dude to Aintree
Television ace Brian Gleeson seeking Clonmel riches with Dont Tell No One
Mags Mullins retains faith in World Hurdle contender Martello Tower