Big guns remain in Supreme field
(Healy Racing Photos)
Trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed last week that his horse is an intended runner, putting an end to speculation that he might divert to the Stan James Champion Hurdle such was the impressive nature of his Newbury win.
That success saw him displace Jezki at the head of the ante-post betting, but trainer Jessica Harrington remains adamant that her charge will improve again at Cheltenham and he's her sole representative.
Un Atout and Champagne Fever make up a six-strong bid from Willie Mullins, with his most notable absentee the four-year-old Fatcatinthehat, who does hold an entry in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Exeter one-two Melodic Rendezvous and Puffin Billy remain among the potential runners although both hold Neptune entries too, Ascot runner-up River Maigue and stablemate Chatterbox are among five for Nicky Henderson, while Paul Nicholls has just one entry, Dodging Bullets.
Connections of Pique Sous are praying for a dry three weeks before their pride and joy runs at the Cheltenham Festival.