Nicky Henderson feels he has not spotted an exceptional rival from another stable to prevent him from lifting the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup once again.
While re-iterating that "I don't think anything has ever changed" with Long Run, the 2011 winner who was back to form with a second King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, the focus is very much on his ante-post favourite Bobs Worth.
Successful on his previous visit to Prestbury Park in last year's RSA Chase, Bobs Worth has appeared just once this season when beating Tidal Bay in the Hennessy Gold Cup. Just 3-1 with the sponsors, the eight-year-old missed a preparatory outing in last month's Argento at Cheltenham when Henderson was not quite happy with him.
"We would have liked another run, but that doesn't mean we can't do it," Henderson said.
"He was fresh in the Hennessy, and he'll be straighter than he was then. He lacks experience but he loves Cheltenham. There's work to do, but he's on schedule.
"This is where we we will find out where he is and what he is.
"He hasn't reached the superstar status that Sprinter Sacre has done yet, but he hasn't had the opportunity to do so."
Referring to his opponents, Henderson said: "It's very wide open and I don't think we've seen a standout horse.
"You wouldn't say Silviniaco Conti was earth-shatteringly impressive at Newbury but it was a very satisfactory trial I'm sure. There has been nothing that has come out this season that you would say "look at that'. Bobs Worth and Long Run have as good a chance as any."
Long Run reportedly worked very nicely when taken to the nearby Mandown gallops via a horsebox for a change of scenery, and is to have a spin after racing at Kempton on Saturday.
8 December 2013Bright start for New Dawn
Twin lights up Hilly Way
Twin lights up Hilly Way
Durkan stroll for Arvika
Unioniste has Lexus aim
New One heading to International
Drowne in hospital after fall
Baby in running for Warwick
Moore sets sights on Kempton
Ex-Oxx ace Mofeed lifts Cup
Cloud and Lantern sunk in Mile
Kanaloa sizzles in Sprint
Dominant shocks The Fugue in Vase
Turner back in business
Faugheen in impressive strike
Flemenstar out of John Durkan
Unioniste claims Listed prize
Grugy great in Tingle Creek
V for victory for Henderson
Chance best in Becher thriller
Hinterland reigns in Henry VIII
Mullins strikes with Gitane
7 December 2013V for victory for Henderson
Twinlight out to show the Way
Wyck primed for big Aintree run
Dandino and Rock miss Vase run
Bec puzzler for Lavelle
Moore's Vino is vintage stuff
Mullins sets sights on Navan
Captain taking charge for Henderson
George plots Aintree gold rush
King out to reign in Henry VIII
Newcastle in talks over AW track
Sir champing at bit for Durkan date
Baby on board for Becher
6 December 2013Carberry sidelined for weekend
Dunaden 'back to his best'
Glance sights fixed on Cup glory
Strawbridge coy over Cloud future
Sire out to profit from Sacre blow
Queen awarded ROA honour
Three-month ban for Arnold
Contrite Butler must 'rebuild life'
Nicholls watching ground for Roque
Topper tests Future waters
Murphy hit by nine-day ban
Big field for Becher
Sacre forced out of Sandown return
Cadeaux team enjoying the ride
Lantern burning bright once more
5 December 2013Rasen survives wind scare
Festival switch for Mares' race
Sacre out of Tingle Creek
No luck for Jwala in Sprint draw
Aigles well ahead of fourth Cup bid
Rasen to check on wind
Butler considers ban response
Court team eyeing Huntingdon return
Oscar on course for Cheltenham
Cantlow in Cheltenham frame
Juddmonte "not for sale"
Noseda content with Grand journey
Cloud future hinges on Mile outcome
Road charts route towards Becher
Knight backs Somersby to shine