Officials at Cheltenham have begun "selective watering" ahead of the Festival on Tuesday.
The going at Prestbury Park is currently on the easy side of good and with forecasters predicting a largely dry run-up to the showpiece meeting, along with rising temperatures, clerk of the course Simon Claisse is keen to ensure the current conditions are maintained.
Gigginstown House Stud have begun finalising running plans for next week's Cheltenham Festival and have confirmed crack novice Don Poli an intended runner in Wednesday's RSA Chase.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old, an impressive winner of the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, had also been under consideration for the four-mile Toby Balding National Hunt Chase on Tuesday, but will instead shoot for Grade One glory the following day.
The Pipe family have made a happy habit of farming the William Hill Imperial Cup and BIDOUREY (Sandown, 3.10) could follow in the hoof steps of Medison, Gaspara, Ashkazar and Baltimore Rock by landing Saturday’s feature.
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