The brilliant chaser heads a possible field of thirteen for the Grade 1 contest.
Winner of his last fourteen starts, Nicky Henderson's superstar is the headline act in a race that looks sure to throw up some fireworks.
The Champion Chase winner will be hot property to land the prestigious contest for the first time – but judged on the rest of the entries, is likely to face a stern challenge.
One of the main dangers is set to be Sceau Royal, owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, who was last seen winning the Shloer Chase decisively.
At this stage the classy six-year-old is the owners' number one for the race, though the famous double green silks could also be carried by Footpad.
Last year's Arkle winner is one of three entries for Closutton maestro Willie Mullins, who may also field Un De Sceaux and Min.
Talking horse Saint Calvados downed Footpad last time out and will take his chance for Harry Whittington, while crowd favourite Special Tiara is the oldest horse in the line-up.
Gods Own, Politologue, Petit Mouchoir, Brain Power, San Benedeto and Speredek complete the possible field.
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