The superstar Champ pulled off the performance of the 2020 Cheltenham festival when jumping the last in the RSA well behind the two tiring leaders but managing to fly up the hill, staying the best of the field and just getting up on the line to land the Grade One.
Before that race he lost his unbeaten record over fences when falling two out at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, but at the festival he put everything right and looks to be a hell of a staying horse.
The Gold Cup is the big target for the horse this term and with that in mind the Seven Barrows team have been slightly more cautious with him and what races he is entered in.
With Henderson having other horses also in that division he has found it difficult to give Champ a starting point this season, but with it becoming desperately close to the festival, the handler has now bit the bullet.
It looked as though the gelding would be starting his season off over in Ireland in the Savills Chase over Christmas, but Henderson felt the Leopardstown contest was coming too soon after his wind operation as the handler admitted that the star had undergone the procedure in August.
The Cotswold Chase became an option for Champ, but with Santini possibly running in that event it left the Denman Chase as his main target.
However, after Altior bypassed the Game Spirit Chase it left Henderson to change things around once more and he sends the superstar over two mile for the first time since 2017.
It looks a plan to take the freshness out of the horse ahead of the Gold Cup in March and it looks a tough task to win this with him normally doing his best work in the final mile of three,