The only thing missing from this weekends action is Sprinter Sacre, but having been on the road to recovery for so long a slog up the Ascot hill in Heavy ground would be far from ideal.
The Grade 1 Clarence House Chase is still the highlight of the days racing, with the past champion Sire De Grugy and the still exciting Un De Sceaux squaring off against each other.
Current favourite is the Irish Challenger, looking to regain the winning thread that had almost become second nature but the challenge of the flashy chestnut is not to be under estimated. He might have been beaten last time at Kempton, but a slicker jump at the last may well have seen an even closer finish and arguably a different result.
This one is a close one to call but with a clear round the young pretender to the established big guns may well have too much class.
Up at Haydock there is a plethora of trials. The first is the Supreme Hurdle trial, which sees the clearly classy Le Prezien take his chance. He won as he liked last time at Doncaster careering up the run in under a hand ride and the ground will hold no fears for this Paul Nicholls trained son of Blue Bresil.
The next trial is the Grade 2 Champion Hurdle trial where the free running Peace and Co faces a stern test with the ever consistent The New One in opposition. Reunited with Sam Twiston Davies The New One has to concede four pound to his rival, but the chance of Peace and Co over racing on this ground should see The New One home in front.
For those of you that like handicap good things look no further than the classy Reve De Sivola in the Peter Marsh handicap chase. Rated a monster 21lb lower over fences than his current hurdles mark this has the look of a penalty kick. He does have some solid opposition in the form of Fingal Bay and Virak who were placed in a competitive handicap at Ascot last time behind Wakanda, but if he takes to fences this time he should surely see these off with ease, a sentiment echoed by the betting public as he is now 4/1 from an opening 11/1.