Unsurprisingly the two feature races at Newbury tomorrow have attracted small fields with the presence of heavyweights Denman and Master Minded scaring rivals away.
Tomorrow is undoubtedly a day for fact finding rather than million making. In the Aon Chase, Tony McCoy will team up with Denman for a valuable piece of experience ahead of what is the intended partnership for the Gold Cup next month.
There may be a slight fluctuation in the Gold Cup market following the race, but if all goes according to plan, Denman will win impressively and the bandwagon of anticipation for his meeting with Kauto Star will steamroll on at a rapid rate.
In the Game Spirit Chase on the same card, it is on Master Minded where all eyes will be focused and despite hiccups, there is no point in being a hero and attempting to go against him. He is the best horse in the race on the day and the rib injury that deterred him last time is undoubtedly well healed or else Paul Nicholls would not be risking him.
However, during the week it was interesting to hear Ruby Walsh talk about the hard decision it will be to decide upon Master Minded or Twist Magic in the Champion Chase. If the former is less than overly impressive tomorrow, don't be surprised if Ruby opts for a change this season and those who want to take on Master Minded in the Champion Chase would be best advised to have a little bit of the 6/1 floating around about Twist Magic before that is all snapped up.
In the big Totesport Trophy Handicap Hurdle, Gary Moore's Harry Tricker still looks well enough treated to land a big pot such as this.
Runner up in the Greatwood at Cheltenham in November, he hasn't been publicly seen since, but should be well able to make use of his nice weight to claim this lucrative prize at odds of around the 6/1 mark.
It's Red Mills Day at Gowran Park tomorrow and in the Grade 2 Chase, Siegemaster is given a chance to follow up on his last good run here in the Thyestes to get back to winning ways after two decent runs in handicap company.
A classy sort as a novice, the hefty weight and heavy ground last time was clearly a factor and tomorrow's conditions should suit him better -- providing the meeting escapes the frost of course.
Quevega could be about to make her first Irish start of the new season when having what is more than likely going to be her only run before the Cheltenham Festival where she will defend her title in the mares hurdle against Voler La Vedette.
However, it is the Champion Hurdle possibility Jumbo Rio that is given a tentative vote to win this one with the more recent match fitness coming to his aid for Edward O'Grady and Andrew McNamara.
War Of Attrition will be the focus of much attention in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle on Sunday at Navan where the 2006 Gold Cup winner tries to make it two on the bounce over hurdles ahead of bigger and better things over fences.
It is likely to be his last run before the Aintree Grand National.
However, if he was to win again on Sunday, connections may just be tempted by a tilt at the World Hurdle and if the cheek pieces can work the same treat, there is no reason to suggest War Of Attrition won't make it two in a row.
Edward O'Grady's Osana gets a tentative selection in the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase with a bit of nice ground meaning he is selected over An Cathaoir Mor.
Totesport Trophy: Spirit River 6/1, Harry Tricker 6/1, Ronaldo Des Mottes 7/1, Get Me Out Of Here 9/1, Mamlook 9/1, Takeroc 10/1, Manyriverstocross 12/1, Stravinsky Dance 14/1, Fairyland 14/1, Numide 16/1, Frontier Dancer 20/1, Any Given Day 20/1, First Point 25/1, Keki Buku 25/1, Arch Rebel 25/1, Siberian Tiger 33/1, First Avenue 33/1, Blue Bajan 33/1, Fushe Jo 33/1, European Dream 33/1, Simarian 33/1, Oldrik 33/1, Songe 33/1, Mutual Friend 40/1, Ring The Boss 40/1, Pascha Bere 40/1, Culcabock 50/1, Chaninbar 66/1