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."
24 October 2014Sir Max clinches Mercury gold
Full marks for Bangor schooling
Milky Way on another planet
O'Brien targets another Trophy
Hurricane in hat for Morgiana
Buick happy as a Star is born
King ace back in the Old routine
Ballyalton out for the season
McCoy makes Chepstow return
Hutchinson sits out weekend action
Botti seeking Astrelle celebration
Balding sweet on Park chance
Walker hoping for Glorious victory
Times out to make Newbury headlines
Cheltenham honour leading figures
Moore keen on Adelaide chance
Stevens back for Breeders'
Johnson Houghton fined
Duke lords it at Carlisle
Southwell first for O'Brien
Fenton fined over steroids
Buywise on the money at Ludlow
Lockinge the big plan for Toormore
Stone ruled out of Old Roan
Wetherby likely for First run
Elm tops Trophy octet
23 October 2014Fenton guilty of drugs possession
Williams hoping for Max power
Harty biding his time with Lane
Clonmel aim for Baily
Jezki possible for Morgiana bow
Harrington expects Naylor to shine
Gosden a Fan of Newmarket scorer
Northern aces face off in Cumbria
Murphy plagued by shoulder injury
Dynaste charts direct Haydock route
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Wetherby-bound Taquin to duck Power
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Gilgamboa waits on ground
Dandino misses Cup date
22 October 2014December date for Balding memorial
Deputy outgunned at Fontwell
Whisky chasing Power spoils
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Present sights set on Power prize
New category for all-weather champs
Moviesta has sales date
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Panther given Breeders' go-ahead
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Big Easy sets sail for Open fixture
Hall monitored for Giant Bolster
Stomachion in November frame
Hughes revels in 'sweet' success
BHA moves to address small fields
Connell turns to Heskin
Integral to race on next year
21 October 2014Storm breezes to Exeter victory
Moore concedes title to Hughes
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Pele poised to tackle Hennessy
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Heron seeking Great prize
Court to go on Trial
Saviour blow for Skelton
Dan makes chase debut
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Power team weigh up options
Bangor cancel schooling card
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