Trainer - Nicky Henderson
Jockey - Barry Geraghty
A shock defeat over Christmas brought an end to eleven straight wins over hurdles, with stable mate Verdana Blue proving only the second horse to beat this dual Champion Hurdler over timber.
That result has left the market for this year's renewal with the door slightly open to challengers - although he was only beaten by a short head.
Should win this - his usual preparation for the Festival comfortably for the third time, and would be twice the shock if he did not land the odds this time.
A win here would probably not change his price too much in the Champion Hurdle market and just prove to his backers he is still in excellent order, but boy oh boy if he loses, the likes of Laurina, Melon, and perhaps even Apples Jade will all be licking their lips.