Trainer Charlie Longsdon is confident Pendra will raise his game for the 32Red Hurdle Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park.
The five-year-old is unbeaten in a bumper and two small races over hurdles, and now finds himself in the intense atmosphere of a Grade One, which is registered as the Tolworth Hurdle.
He is bred for the job, however, being the first foal of the smart mare Mariah Rollins, a Grade One winner for Pat Fahey who later joined Nicky Henderson.
Longsdon said: "He's a great big strapping type who absolutely loves the soft ground. In the three races he's had to date he's done absolutely nothing wrong at all. He's not flashy by any means, he only ever just does what he thinks is enough, but because of that we have absolutely no idea how good he could be.
"I hope he'll improve, and I'm sure he will because we've always thought he'd be the type to run better in a better race rather than look impressive against inferior opposition."
Pendra is among seven declarations, which include Golden Hoof and Royal Boy from the Henderson yard. Barry Geraghty had the choice of the two Seven Barrows runners and admitted it was not an easy decision to plump for Royal Boy.
He said: "It wasn't the easiest call I've ever had to make, but at the end of the day it boiled down to the ground. I think Golden Hoof might just want the ground a bit better, especially stepping up in class. On the other hand, Royal Boy coped with the really heavy ground well at Cheltenham the last day."
Jeremy Scott runs the promising Melodic Rendezvous, while the Clive Cox-trained Poet, who is part-owned by the Hungerford handler's landlord John Francome, will aim to follow up an impressive debut win over hurdles at Newbury.
Francome said: "He won at Newbury better than could have been expected - you always worry a little when they go hurdling as late on as seven. It's not easy teaching the older horses, and he wouldn't go over a pole to begin with, but after flattening the first at Newbury he jumped really well.
"He didn't have a race last time, he was still on the bridle after the last and it would have been the easiest race of his life. As long as he runs well he can be a bit of a project and I'm sure we'll find his level. This is a step up in class, but not when you compare it to the horses he was running against on the Flat."
20 February 2017Regal Encore in Midlands National frame
Place gets home to complete five-timer in Boyne Hurdle
All-the-way Acapella Bourgeois enters RSA Chase picture after Navan romp
Don Poli and Outlander heading for Gold Cup
Cheltenham off the agenda for Identity Thief following setback
Ball D'Arc bounds to Flyingbolt success at Navan
Colin Tizzard set for nervous Cheltenham build-up
Blow for Paul Nicholls with Cliffs Of Dover out for rest of the season
Harry Fry rules out National Hunt Chase for RSA-bound American
Nicky Henderson still undecided over Whisper's Cheltenham target
19 February 2017Acapella hits all the right notes in Ten Up
Place gets home to complete five-timer in Boyne Hurdle
Setback rules Identity Thief out of Navan outing
Josses Hill heading straight to the Festival
'Job done' as Yanworth battles to Kingwell Hurdle victory
Lion roars to National favouritism with Haydock success
'Everything you want to see and more' - Cue Card thrills in Ascot Chase romp
Worlds End enters Cheltenham equation after Haydock triumph
Tombstone floors Jezki in Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park
Zarkandar back in front as Nicholls dominates Rendlesham
Bigbadjohn battles for Reynoldstown triumph
Beyond Conceit secures Cheltenham spot with Ascot success
18 February 2017Cue Card back to his brilliant best in Ascot Chase
Vieux Lion Rouge boosts Grand National claims at Haydock
Yanworth battles to hard-fought victory in Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton
Ballycasey takes Red Mills Chase honours at Gowran Park
Don Bersy bags biggest success yet at Haydock but Cheltenham off the agenda
Gary Moore hopeful of Ar Mad return before the end of the season
Sutton Place bids for Boyne honours at Navan
Identity Thief bids for Flyingbolt redemption following disappointing spell
Loughran hoping Acapella Bourgeois can hit Ten Up target
William Cox suffers broken jaw and Eoin Walsh breaks arm in Wolverhampton spill
Hamelin atones for stalls mishap with victory at Newcastle
Fairytale success for Captain Guy Disney in Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown
Colin's Sister on track for Cheltenham after sizzling Sandown display
Bigbadjohn on Reynoldstown recovery mission at Ascot
Aux Ptits Soins in hurdling switch for Rendlesham test
Former two-mile king Jezki on trial for Cheltenham target
Cue Card primed for Ascot Chase bid
David Pipe hoping Lion can roar in Grand National Trial
Yanworth aiming to reign in Kingwell outing at Wincanton
17 February 2017Two riders taken to hospital following Wolverhampton spill
Guy Disney in fairytale Royal Artillery Gold Cup success at Sandown
Progressive Sutton Place takes next step at Navan
Sir Tony McCoy statue to be unveiled on opening day of Cheltenham Festival
Tylicki planning riding lesson next week as he continues rehabilitation process
Emma Lavelle eyeing Doncaster prep for Grand National-bound Junction Fourteen
Jockey Club dismisses any suggestion of changes to Kempton proposals
Dubai World Cup night engagement beckons for Opal Tiara
Big-race options open as Saphir Du Rheu returns to winning ways at Kelso
Apple's Jade on course for Quevega Hurdle at Punchestown
Sandown and France on the radar for Ptit Zig
National favourite Don Poli 'doubtful' for Aintree following weights dispute
Dan Skelton happy to take Champion challenge with 'improving' Superb Story
Colin's Sister primed for long-range target at Sandown
Blaklion out to roar for Nigel Twiston-Davies in National Trial
Cue Card faces five in Ascot Chase