The reopened Victor Chandler Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday has attracted 11 entries, including Nicky Henderson's exciting Arkle winner Sprinter Sacre.
The race has been transferred from last Saturday's abandoned Ascot meeting to be added to the prestigious Festival Trials Day card, but the fixture is still in the balance.
Other entries include Sanctuaire, Wishfull Thinking, last year's winner Somersby, Shooters Wood, Kumbeshwar, William's Wishes and Mad Moose, along with Kinkeel, Oiseau De Nuit and Esteem, who was last seen finishing third in a claimer at Wolverhampton.
Cheltenham officials are still hopeful the card will go ahead, but are praying the forecast snow for Tuesday night is light.
A slight thaw on Monday enabled clerk of the course Simon Claisse to do some early preparatory work, but much more needs to be done and he expects to be in a better position to assess the situation on Wednesday morning. Any contingency plans to save the fixture will then be discussed if necessary.
Claisse said: "We remain hopeful and are crossing everything. We had a little bit of a thaw yesterday, which enabled us to get a little lightweight tractor on the covers with a brush, to brush the remaining snow off. That is good news.
"We are still forecast one to two centimetres of snow tonight. We will cope with the lower end, we may have a big challenge if we get the other end because there aren't any real positive signs of thawing temperatures until Saturday.
"The crucial time for us is the next 24 hours as to what might further come out of the sky.
"We've been in discussion with the authorities and Jockey Club Racecourses since Friday, but we've always said in terms of timings and decisions, we need to get through the next snow event, which is forecast for tonight. Then we will be in a better position to see what our prospects are."
28 December 2014Ryanair rematch for top hurdlers
Games 'in rude health' for Challow
Assembly back in the groove
Doncaster blighted by snowfall
No worries at Leopardstown
Choice lands Welsh thriller
Mullins keeps faith with Vautour
Jacob enjoys perfect Finale
John just the job for De Bromhead
Bivouac battles to success
Special show from Tiara
Sacre still set for work-out
Twin lights up Dial-A-Bet
Valtat holds Kingdoms at bay
27 December 2014Leopardstown monitoring weather
Irving hit by hoof infection
Leicester on weather watch
Europe out of Dial-A-Bet
Midnight out of Welsh National
Mullins has Bob going concern
Zaid seeks Christmas double
King reaches for Karezak blinkers
Balder bids for Orchid glory
Clarcam bursts Vautour bubble
Super Silvi grabs Kempton gold
Christmas stroll for Faugheen
Dolatulo on song at Wetherby
Coneygree survives drama
Jolly good start for McCoy
Bobs primed for Lexus defence
Scu: Dude's ready to deliver
26 December 2014Golan goes for Champions crown
George outlines ground concern
Uxi faces Dial-A-Bet test
Sedgefield gets the go-ahead
King George field excites Clifford
Ups and downs in punting skirmishes
Kingman delivers the best of 2014
Stop-start year awaiting new star
Mullins at Fever-pitch for Kempton
Wetherby set fair for Boxing Day
Paddy team banking on Jacob
McCoy believes in Purple chance
Proud Osborne the Toast of 2014
25 December 2014Drying conditions at Kempton
Sedgefield call Boxing Day check
McLernon in the Spirit for Kempton
King wants Mor rain at Kempton
Irving team testing the waters
Card and Dynaste back for more
Chancol 'deserves' Grade One chance
Bando camp wary of Kalkir dangers