read about everyone still in the mix
Shishkin, Energumene and Everyone For Self remain on course for a mouth-watering showdown in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The trio are all in 10 confirmations for the two-mile centerpiece at Cheltenham on Wednesday next week.
It will mean a Clarence House Chase rematch for Shishkin and Energumene – a race that will be long remembered.
Shishkin, trained by Nicky Henderson, will be looking for a third success at the Festival, having already won the Supreme Novices Hurdle and Arkle Trophy.
Like Energumene trained by Willie Mullins, Everyone For Self has yet to win outside Ireland but has returned to its best form at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Nube Negra (Dan Skelton) was a finalist in Put The Kettle On by Henry of Bromhead 12 months ago and will renew the rivalry. De Bromhead could also direct Send Allen.
Tightrope walker Sivola, trained by Venetia Williams, is an interesting candidate after winning the Game Spirit Chase.
Gary Moore’s Du Gite editor had to miss the Game Spirit after a late setback, but he has two Cheltenham wins to his name this season.
Political scientist is set for what could be the last outing of his career as he seeks to regain his crown from 2020, while Gordon Elliott’s Battleoverdean completes the list.
Bravemansgame is one of 17 confirmations for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.
Paul Nicholls’ seven-year-old has been hugely impressive on the fences so far, winning all four races including the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton.
He leads a strong home side which also includes Lucinda Russell’s Ahoy Senor, who beat Bravemansgame over hurdles at Aintree last season but were left unanswered when they met on Boxing Day.
Either way, though, he looked very good in second-year company at Newbury and Wetherby.
The Press Man, trained by Venetia Williams, is another who has improved enormously for the passage to the fences, taking the Isles of Scilly at Sandown last time out.
Willie Mullins started at Galopin Des Champs but said he was leaning towards a clash with Bob Olinger in pursuit of Turners Novices on a shorter trip.
Others include Dusart, Beacon Edge, Capodanno, Imperial Alcazar and Threeunderthrufive.
In the Ballymore Novice Obstacle the potential field has been reduced to 18 – with Mullins responsible for 10 of them.
These include Sir Gerhard, Dysart Dynamo and Kilcruit, who are still committed to the Supreme on day one.
Ginto and Three Stripe Life could opt for Gordon Elliott, while Journey With Me is the only possible one for Henry de Bromhead.
Nicholls could have a good day on Wednesday with Stage Star set to race, the freshman winner is undefeated this season.
Tiger Roll is one of 21 in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Run as he offers to step out in a burst of glory.
Mullins has seven in the Weatherbys Champion Bumpertitled by Facile Vega, Redemption Day and James’s Gate.
American Mike d’Elliott has long been considered the biggest challenge for Mullins’ team.