Altior will face a maximum of eight rivals if taking up his entry in the Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 19.
Nicky Henderson’s superstar extended his unbeaten record over fences to 11 and notched his 16th successive win overall with another bloodless victory in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last week.
The nine-year-old will undoubtedly be a red-hot favourite to add another Grade One prize to his record if turning up in Berkshire later this month, on the way to defending his crown in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.
Altior could renew rivalry with the Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux, who has won this race in each of the last three seasons and at least gave Henderson’s charge something to think about when they clashed in the Tingle Creek at Sandown last month.
Ruth Jefferson could run Waiting Patiently following his unfortunate early exit in the King George at Kempton.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue could also drop back in trip after seemingly having his stamina limitations exposed in the Boxing Day showpiece.
Nicholls has also entered Diego Du Charmil, while Colin Tizzard’s Fox Norton, Harry Fry’s Hell’s Kitchen, the Tom George-trained God’s Own and Harry Whittington’s Saint Calvados round out the potential field.