"Le Coudray is very well and I expect him to run a big race on Sunday," O'Brien said.
Another horse more familiar to French racegoers, Ruggiero, is to tackle the Pillar Properties Chase at Cheltenham tomorrow. Thierry Civel's eight- year-old, the winner of his latest start at Cagnes sur Mer two weeks ago, is due to school with some of David Nicholson's string at Jackdaws Castle today.
Ruggiero faces a tough task tomorrow against See More Business, Cyfor Malta and Escartefigue. He is following in the hoofprints of the Francois Rohaut-trained Arenice, who was fifth in the race in 1995.