Paul Nicholls expects to run both Cyrname and Politologue in the Betfair Ascot Chase on February 16.
Former champion trainer Nicholls has his hands tied somewhat with Cyrname who has to go right-handed, but he looked a revelation when winning a handicap at the track by 21 lengths from a mark of 150 recently.
“Cyrname came out of his win at Ascot in good form,” said Nicholls.
“He is a lovely horse who has improved enormously this season. He wasn’t quite right in the autumn and has always been quite tricky to train.
“He can be very free, but for whatever reason, he has started to settle and we were able to take the hood off him at Ascot and train him completely differently with a normal routine.
“That has made a big difference to him and he is a big, progressive horse who has been improving mentally all the time. I was very impressed with that Ascot win.
“We have to go right-handed with Cyrname and he will now go for the Betfair Ascot Chase.”
Politologue won the 1965 Chase over the same two miles and five furlongs as the Ascot Chase earlier in the season, but appeared not to see out the trip when fourth in the King George subsequently.
“Politologue was always going to go for the Ascot Chase and that remains the plan. He likes Ascot and is also a horse who does appreciate going right-handed,” said Nicholls.
“It will be very interesting to see how both of them get on and we are looking forward to it.”
Last year’s winner Waiting Patiently features among the 13 entries and has been installed as the 5-4 favourite by the sponsors for trainer Ruth Jefferson, who decided to skip options in Ireland this weekend.
Nicky Henderson’s Top Notch, the Kim Bailey-trained Charbel and Fox Norton for Colin Tizzard are other major contenders while Balko Des Flos is the sole Irish entry for Henry de Bromhead.