Native Gallery has his first run over fences for nearly three years after being confined to hurdles when he lines-up for the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase at Wincanton on Saturday.
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He landed the odds in a maiden chase at the now-defunct Folkestone course in February 2011 and then had some smart form over the smaller obstacles with three victories the following season.
His progress was hampered by injuries but trainer Ben de Haan is happy with the nine-year-old and now, after two comeback runs over hurdles in November, Native Gallery reverts to fences.
"He's in good form and I don't think he'll mind the ground," said de Haan. "The ground was pretty bad when he ran at Punchestown (third in a handicap hurdle in April 2013).
"We've been waiting to go back over fences. It was just circumstances, a couple of injuries stopped us, but we're ready to go again now."
Warren Greatrex expects Barlow not to be inconvenienced by the testing conditions as he is proven in the ground and stays further.
"He's won his point-to-point on heavy ground and I think he goes on pretty much everything," said the Upper Lambourn trainer.
"I've put cheekpieces on him to sharpen him up a bit. It's probably short of his best trip, but with the ground it will probably play into his hands more than anyone else.
"He's off a nice weight and I'd be hopeful. The horses continue to run in good form so I'd be going there hopeful."