Neil Mulholland reports Midnight Chase in top form ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The 10-year-old is already a five-times winner at the home of jumps racing and was a creditable fifth in the big race last March.
He showed he was a worthy each-way candidate for this season's renewal when landing the Argento Chase at the Prestbury Park track in January.
With the hard work now done, Mulholland just has to keep his stable star on song for the blue riband on March 16.
"His preparation is going according to plan. He's fit and well and healthy. That's the main thing," said the Devon trainer.
"He's just how we want him and it's a case of keeping him that way now. All the work is done. We just have to keep him ticking over.
"Every day in the build-up to the race will be a nervous one, but we just have to make sure we get him there.
"It's great for a stable like ours to have a horse like him good enough to run in the Gold Cup."
(reopens) Kauto Star enjoyed another "strong canter" as he continues to make steady progress in his race to be fit for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The legendary steeplechaser suffered a fall at Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat base late last month, and was only 50-50 to make the race.
However, the champion trainer issued a positive update after seeing the 12-year-old work with fellow Gold Cup hope What A Friend on Saturday, and was once again pleased with what he saw in his latest spin on the gallops on Sunday.
"He had his physio and an hour on the walker, and then we gave him a strong canter over 10 furlongs with That'll Do and Rowdy Rampage. All was fine," Nicholls said in his Betfair column.
"We will look to step up his work next week, and I will give a further update tomorrow."
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