Connections of Captain Americo have targeted the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle ever since he finished second in the Borders National at Kelso in December.
Third in last year's Eider, his trainer James Ewart is hoping for another solid performance.
"He's in good form and we're very happy with him. This race has been the plan since he ran in the Borders National," said the Langholm handler.
"He doesn't run well back to back quickly. He needs large gaps between his races and this seemed a sensible opportunity."
Tom George took Desperate Dex out of the race at the final declaration stage but will be represented by Monsieur Cadou. The eight-year-old has not run since winning at Haydock in November, but that does not worry the Slad trainer.
"We were really pleased with his last run at Haydock and we've sat tight with him since then. This race has been the plan for a while," said George.
"The way he was staying on at Haydock suggests the trip will suit him well and he does seem to have found improvement since tackling extreme distances. He's 7lb out of the handicap, but the jockey takes off 7lb. The ground shouldn't be a problem for him and we're looking forward to it."
Mortimers Cross defeated Captain Americo when winning the Borders National and his owner/trainer John Needham has his fingers crossed the 12-year-old can put behind him a disappointing run at Ffos Las on Boxing Day.
The Ludlow handler said: "We're hoping he runs well. He seems fine and he's not been out since Boxing Day, when he was disappointing. It may have been the ground, or perhaps that run came too soon after Kelso.
"We are keeping our fingers crossed and Andrew Thornton, who rode him at Fontwell, said we should run him in the Eider. We are doing that and Andrew is on him, so we are hoping for the best."
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