"We're gearing up for the Festival," the gelding's trainer, Paul Nicholls, said yesterday. "I want to get a run into him round Cheltenham so he can have a look at the course. I just hope the ground doesn't dry up as it is a very dry forecast."
Challenger Du Luc, who was second to See More Business on Boxing Day, also figures among the entries for Saturday's race, as does Rough Quest who was 10 lengths back in third in the King George and reported in "good form" by his trainer, Terry Casey.
Barton Bank, beaten a head by One Man in last year's Pillar Chase but a well beaten sixth behind See More Business last time, is also set to go to post as is Addington Boy, a late withdrawal from last season's Gold Cup due to a leg injury and off the course since.
Large Action and Pridwell, first and second in the 1997 Cleeve Hurdle, head the list for this year's race on Saturday for which 12 horses were entered today. Large Action was pulled up in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last month.
"I am very happy with Large Action. His last run is best forgotten because it came too soon after the Bula Hurdle," Oliver Sherwood, his trainer, said.
However, Pridwell is not certain to be in the line-up as the Martin Pipe- trained gelding's blood has been wrong and he was forced to miss an intended engagement at Haydock on Saturday.Reuse content