The Champion Chaser Altior once again returns to the scene for the third time this season, and as was the case with his two starts already, he faces yet another small field.
They all seem to be running scared of Nicky Henderson's 9yo, and no wonder why. Altior heads to Ascot for the Clarence House - the first time in fact since winning a novice hurdle on his second start over timber back in 2015.
He will again clash with Un De Sceaux - who won this contest very readily twelve months ago, Fox Norton who is returning from a year absence, and Diego Du Charmil who finished a distant second to Altior in the Desert Orchid over Christmas.
Altior does appear to be in a league of his own, and a win here will all but confirm his short price for any Festival contest; most likely the Champion Chase.