Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have both expressed their hopes that no watering will be necessary at Cheltenham before the Festival kicks off on Tuesday.
The ground was reported to be good to soft on Saturday, with the cross country course soft in places and a predominately dry forecast to look forward to.
Paul Nicholls has confirmed Hinterland will tackle the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase rather than stick to novice company in the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham next week.
The six-year-old was campaigned over fences last season but failed to win a race, so Nicholls has had a second bite of the cherry this term.
ROB CONTI (Warwick, nap, 4.50) made a pleasing return to action at Ludlow in a hunters’ chase after a four-month break and lines up on Sunday with a major shout.
The big guns are out at Wolverhampton this afternoon and Channel 4 will be showing the 7f Listed contest at 2.20 as well as the Lincoln Trial at 2.55. The latter event looks the one to tackle from a draw perspective, as it has proved difficult to win from stall 1 in big-field 1m141y handicaps here.
Forget 'Twist', 'Stick' and 'Buy'. The thing to concentrate on with Cheltenham Pontoon Challenge is the 21 tips you'll have competing with others for a share of £500 in Free Bets. Starts Tuesday 11th March.