The stand out runner of the weekend is the highest rated jumps horse in the land with Cyrname looking to land back to back Ascot Chases.
The Paul Nicholls trained eight year old has been a superstar for the yard over the last 12 months landing this Grade One last year before dethroning Altior on his first start of the season.
After he romped to a 17 length victory in this contest last season he was posed as the highest rated horse in the sport which t many was baffling.
However, in November Cyrname took on Altior in the clash of the season and he managed to end Nicky Henderson's 19 race winning run in the 1965 Christy Chase.
After that Cyrname was set up as the King George VI Chase favourite at Kempton on Boxing Day but he was out battled by stablemate and dual winner of the race Clan Des Obeaux.
Ascot to this horse is like Anfield to Liverpool, he is just at home and does his best work there and in a cracking renewal of the contest he should prevail again.