Nacarat will be looking to continue his fantastic record in the Racing Post Chase on Saturday at Kempton when he lines up in the 3m contest for the fifth time in his career.
The 12-year old has won the Grade Three contest twice and not been out of the frame in those other two starts.
Last year’s victory was the front running grey’s biggest to date. He came home 11 lengths ahead of the rest of the field, which was headed by Hector’s Choice.
Tom George’s veteran has yet to win since 12 months ago but he does often save his best form for running around Kempton. He has had two runs at Aintree so far this season to prepare for this race, which is his biggest target for the campaign.
Opposition this year includes Rolling Aces, who looks set to go off as favourite. He is on a hat-trick for Paul Nicholls after wins at Newbury and Wincanton. Ruby Walsh has opted for this ride over a choice of three from the Nicholls yard.
Wyck Hill is also prominent in the market for the Racing Post Chase, an event that should temporarily distract punters from the Cheltenham odds, and, like Rolling Aces, is also going for a hat-trick of successes this weekend.
The nine-year old returned to the track after a long lay-off to score at Wetherby, where he beat Fill the Power by just under a length.
He then improved from that run to win a listed race at Ascot over 3m on heavy ground back in December. Despite his age, he has run on six occasions over fences where he won on four of those starts.
The Sir Alex Ferguson-owned What a Friend looks set to complete a pre-2013 Cheltenham Festival run in this race at Kempton. His main target this season is the 4m4f contest at Aintree and, if he is to win on Saturday, he will have to carry top weight to victory.