Trainer Harry Fry is convinced Opening Batsman has been trained to the minute for the United House Gold Cup at Ascot on Saturday.
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Last season's Racing Plus Chase winner makes his first appearance since he was pulled up in a Listed race at Aintree on Grand National weekend.
Fry felt that blot on an otherwise impressive copybook was down to Opening Batsman having had a long season and believes he is fit enough to do himself justice in this valuable Grade Three handicap chase over three miles.
The Dorset handler said: "He's in great form at home and this has been his target since he came back in from his summer break.
"He is 8lb higher than winning the Racing Plus Chase. He had another run at Aintree and was pulled up, but that was definitely one run too many for him.
"We want to find out if he can be competitive off this mark. If he can, great. We have given him an entry in the Hennessy Gold Cup, but we'll take it one race at a time.
"If he can't be competitive on Saturday, we'll have to duck and dive and try and find some suitable races for him.
"He is definitely ready for Saturday. He's been well prepared for this race."
Big Fella Thanks carries top weight for trainer Tom George, who accepts the 11-year-old has plenty on his plate on his seasonal debut.
He said: "It's not going to be easy for him considering he's an 11-year-old on almost a career-high mark, but I suppose that shows you what good form he was in towards the end of last season.
"He's in great form at home. I'm thrilled with the old boy, and the plan is to go to Aintree in December for either the Becher Chase or the other race over the National fences (Grand Sefton Chase).
"We wanted to get a run into him before that and it was a question of either going down the handicap route or running in the Charlie Hall against horses like Long Run. We chose the easier of the two options."
In-form Andover trainer Emma Lavelle saddles Bouggler, who is 10lb higher in the weights following his fine victory in a Listed race at Market Rasen in September.
Lavelle said: "He was super at Market Rasen and he came out of that race really well in himself. In an ideal world, a flat track would be perfect for him. Ascot isn't flat, but it isn't as undulating as some courses.
"He is up in the weights, but he is really well at the moment. It would be nice to see him do something similar to what he did at Market Rasen."
Trainer Venetia Williams wants plenty of dig in the ground for Houblon Des Obeaux, who manfully held his own in top novice company last season.
Williams said: "Hopefully the ground will be on the soft side - the softer the ground the better for him. He's in good form and never ran a bad race last season.
"He ran so consistently I think the handicapper rated races around him. He didn't win in the second half of the season, but his mark didn't come down."
Others of note include Wyck Hill from David Bridgwater's stables and last year's winner Roberto Goldback, trained by Nicky Henderson.
Henderson is also represented by last season's Topham Chase scorer Triolo D'Alene, while Al Co and Twirling Magnet have already won this autumn.
Same Difference is another intriguing candidate vying for top honours after he finished a game second on his last start in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April having previously won at the Cheltenham Festival.