TRAINER Ian Williams reports that Wayward Prince is firmly on target for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 26 following the release of the weights.
The Grade One-winning hurdler won on his first three starts over fences during his novice campaign and lost by a length in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.
Providing that 2009 Hennessy runner-up What A Friend lines up with top weight, Wayward Prince will get into the race with 10st 7lb on his back and Williams would be satisfied with that.
"He's in good form and progressing forward all the time," said Williams. "He's summered well and we were happy with how he came back to us.
"We're building towards Newbury and if he gets into the race off 10st 7lb, it seems a good place to be going."
The Paul Nicholls-trained Aiteen Thirtythree currently heads ante-post lists and he is due to carry 10st 9lb.
Paddy Power Gold Cup-bound Wishfull Thinking will carry 11st 7lb if turning out at Newbury after his Cheltenham run, while other major contenders include Charlie Hall winner Weird Al (11st 7lb) and Mon Parrain (10st 9lb).
Last year's Hennessy winner Diamond Harry (11st 9lb) and Time For Rupert (11st 2lb) are both in the mix, but have the Betfair Chase on Saturday week as their preferred target.
Jason Maguire hopes to return from injury soon, having failed to make it back in time to partner Peddlers Cross at Bangor.
Donald McCain's stable jockey has been out since injuring his neck in a fall at Cartmel in August.
He had hoped to make his return to the saddle to ride the Champion Hurdle runner-up in his chasing debut, but that just came too quick and now a visit to the British Horseracing Authority's chief medical officer awaits.
"Unfortunately, I couldn't get back in time but I'm looking forward to getting back as quickly as possible," Maguire said.
"Hopefully it will be a week or so."
John Quinn feels Palawi is capable of running a big race in Sunday's Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham.
A smart juvenile last season, he was in front two flights from home in Grade One company before crashing out.
"He ran all right the last day at Cheltenham, he just got a little bit tired," he said.
"He's in good form, he worked well this morning and he'll run well."