Nicky Henderson has six chances of hitting the target in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, among them a former Champion Hurdle hero and a live candidate for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Leading the Seven Barrows assault on the valuable prize is ante-post favourite My Tent Or Yours, who will try to turn around what has been a dreadful week for JP McManus with the loss of Darlan and broodmare Like-A-Butterfly as well as a season-ending injury to the promising Ned Buntline.
Although still in his novice season, My Tent Or Yours has shaped like an ideal type for this race, while at the other end of the career scale Punjabi bids for just his second success since his glory day at Cheltenham in March 2009.
Henderson said: "They have all got their own realistic chances. First In The Queue is at the bottom of the weights and has been running well in handicaps all year, and one day his number might come up.
"Punjabi is a Champion Hurdle winner running off 10st 12lb. We're claiming another 5lb and he ran a great race in the Christmas Hurdle.
"Petit Robin has won a couple of races but has a very big weight, Lyvius is in there, and I suppose you would say My Tent Or Yours and Cash And Go are the two realistic ones. But all the horses are in there in their own right."
The McManus colours will also be carried by the Eddie Harty-trained Princeton Plains, who ran a good race when sixth to fellow Betfair rival Cause Of Causes in The Ladbroke at Ascot in December.
Racing manager Frank Berry said: "He ran a good race at Ascot the last day. He stayed on after being outpaced at halfway. Eddie is very happy with him and it's a great race to have a runner for him. We are hoping for the best."
David Pipe has tweeted that Home Run is a non-runner, but he is still double-handed with the unbeaten Swing Bowler, who is a daughter of top-class racemare Lady Cricket, and Ronaldo Des Mottes.
Pipe said of Swing Bowler: "She's done nothing wrong - five out of five - and she's at the right end of the weights. She'll enjoy a fast-run two-mile race. She lacks a bit of experience, but she has to have a squeak."
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