Trainer Nicky Henderson has his fingers crossed Sprinter Sacre's class will see him handle what are likely to be difficult ground conditions at Cheltenham on Wednesday.
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The brilliant two-miler is long odds-on to extend his unbeaten run over fences to eight when he takes on just six rivals in the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Henderson has reason to believe Sprinter Sacre will be fine whatever the going as he won his last race at Cheltenham on heavy ground in January.
"We said we were worried about it (the ground) the last day, but he handled it OK," said the Seven Barrows trainer.
"It's not ideal, but I just hope his ability sees him through."
Sprinter Sacre is many punters' idea of the banker of the week and has been a skinny price since the ante-post book was opened.
Understandably, Henderson knows the nation expects Sprinter Sacre to deliver.
"The pressure is on because everybody will expect one of his flashy performances and I hope he can deliver again," he said.
"He finds it ridiculously easy, but Cheltenham is Cheltenham and the course takes plenty of jumping.
"He is a hugely-talented natural athlete and is one of the best work horses I have ever had.
"Sprinter Sacre is the one we would be disappointed with if he doesn't win."
The opposition is headed by Sizing Europe.
A past winner of the Arkle Trophy, like Sprinter Sacre, he won this race in 2011 and was narrowly beaten by the Henderson-trained Finian's Rainbow 12 months ago.
It was Sizing Europe's proven ability over the course and distance that persuaded connections to have a third crack at this race, instead of going for the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.
"He seems in good form, he travelled over well and we're hoping for a good run," said trainer Henry de Bromhead.
"The ground had a bit to do with us going for the Queen Mother rather than the Ryanair but we think we are pretty good over the course and distance.
"He has a good record."
While a lot of trainers decided not to take on Sprinter Sacre, Tom George took the plunge and supplemented Mail De Bievre at the confirmation stage.
The French-bred eight-year-old showed plenty of pace on his British debut in the Denman Chase over three miles before fading into fifth place behind Gold Cup fancy Silviniaco Conti at Newbury.
"He's come on a lot since he went to Newbury. He's very sharp and I'm looking forward to him running," said the Slad handler.
"He's able and very ready for the big day.
"He'll make it a good gallop, that is one thing we do know."
Philip Hobbs is under no illusions about the task facing Wishfull Thinking.
The Minehead trainer is hoping his runner can pick up a share of the good prize-money on offer.
Wishfull Thinking is a smart performer and arrives on the back of victory in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. He fell in this race last year.
"It looks like we're going round for place money this year," said Hobbs.
"Sprinter Sacre looks like he ought to certainly win.
"If we get some place money I'll be pleased."