Run For Free has not raced since finishing third, and in obvious discomfort, behind Dubacilla at Cheltenham on 29 January. He is reported to have pleased Pipe in his recent work, however. The interest in Miinnehoma, meanwhile, can be traced to the success of Smartie Express at Wincanton on Thursday - the gelding was 20 lengths behind Miinnehoma when the 1992 Sun Alliance Chase winner made a winning seasonal debut at Newbury last weekend.
Garrison Savannah, the 1991 Gold Cup winner, was yesterday declared a definite runner in Thursday's race. 'Garry's form this season has been pretty sound,' Mark Pitman, assistant to his trainer, Jenny, said. 'With hindsight, we shouldn't have run him on soft ground in the Greenalls Gold Cup. He's come right back and is absolutely bouncing now.'
There were 10 declarations for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at yesterday's five- day entry stage. David Nicholson runs both Viking Flagship and Wonder Man, with stable jockey Adrian Maguire partnering the former and Charlie Swan, the Irish champion, booked for Wonder Man.
QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (Cheltenham, Wednesday): Entries: Deep Sensation, Egypt Mill Prince, Force Seven, Katabatic, Remittance Man, Space Fair, Sybillin, Travado, Viking Flagship, Wonder Man.