Dan Skelton is ready to excuse What A Warrior's disappointing runs on his final two starts last season as the nine-year-old reappears in the Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
What A Warrior lifted the corresponding race 12 months ago and has been primed for another crack at this valuable three-mile contest after running below par in the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
"We've readied him for this and the ground will be perfect," said the Alcester trainer.
"He's running off 10st 7lb, so there's not many excuses. You've got to put to bed two bad runs last year, but he goes well fresh and I think he's got a shout."
Jamie Snowden is happy to step Present View up to three miles while the ground is still on the good side to determine which direction he campaigns the seven-year-old for the rest of the season.
Snowden has always wanted to try Present View over further and was considering the BetBright Chase at Kempton in February when the horse suffered a setback.
He now gets his chance at Ascot after being satisfied with his comeback run over two and a half miles at Chepstow earlier this month.
Whether Present View sticks to a shorter distance for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham or is campaigned over three and a quarter miles in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury is likely to be determined after the weekend.
"Three miles round there should suit him so it's all systems go," the Lambourn trainer told At The Races.
"I've entered him in the Paddy Power and the Hennessy. I haven't ruled out the Paddy Power. We're just keeping our options open.
"We've always thought he probably wanted to go up in trip. We were looking at the Racing Post Chase last year before he got an injury so this hasn't been completely out of the blue.
"I was very pleased with his Chepstow run. It blew away the cobwebs. He was a bit race-rusty.
"Having had basically a dry autumn I'd rather step him up in trip on better ground round Ascot on Saturday than step him up to three miles in the depths of the winter.
"We'll see how we get on and then depending on how he does there which route we take. It's still two weeks to the Paddy Power so there's plenty of time."
Lucy Wadham is hoping for a good run from Le Reve, who was placed on his previous visit to the track behind The Young Master in December.
The seven-year-old ended the last campaign with a fine third to Just A Par in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April.
"He's very well. He's run well at Ascot before in the Silver Cup last year and the ground should suit him. We're looking forward to it," said the Newmarket trainer.
Royal Player mysteriously lost his way at the back end of the latest campaign when pulled up in Doncaster's Sky Bet Chase and the Scottish Grand National.
However, he had won handicap chases at Ludlow and Musselburgh on his two previous outings and is trainer Philip Hobbs feels he has claims on his best form.
"He lost his form at the end of last season and I don't really know why," said Hobbs.
"He's in good nick now, hopefully he'll have an each-way chance."