Sprinter Sacre, unbeaten in his six starts over fences, was among nine entries for the Victor Chandler Chase on Saturday, his last outing before the Cheltenham Festival.
The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old, an imperious winner of the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last month, is long odds-on for the Ascot Grade One contest, which has a purse of £105,000, and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March. Of his potential rivals on Saturday, Sanctuaire, a winner at Kempton after his third place in the Tingle Creek, and last year's Victor Chandler winner Somersby are officially next best, but 12lb and 14lb respectively behind.
A notable absentee is Rubi Light. "He's got a stone bruise and he's on the easy list for a couple of days," said trainer Robbie Hennessy.
Chris McGrath's Nap: Gran Torino (1.40 Ffos Las)
Is perfectly at home with a test of stamina on heavy ground.
Next best: Forever My Friend (3.50 Ffos Las)
Has kept better company than this more than once this season.