Court in Power frame
Champion Court could be rerouted to the Paddy Power Gold Cup after being ruled out of his intended return at Kempton due to a slight setback.
Trainer Martin Keighley feels the seven-year-old needs more time to recover from a minor problem but he also has Havingotascoobydo in the big handicap chase at Cheltenham on November 17.
Keighley, who trains in nearby Condicote, said: "I would only run one in the Paddy Power Gold Cup as they wouldn't run against each other and it depends on a few things.
"Champion Court has done fantastic over the summer and has had a really long holiday and come back bigger and stronger. He'll have to improve a notch to take on the best but he is improving.
"He may run in the Paddy Power and then go straight for the King George. But there are other options as he was due to run in a graduation chase at Kempton next Monday but has had a very small setback, nothing to worry about, and he won't go there.
"So we've had to change our plans and he'll have his first run either in the Paddy Power or at Ascot the following week.
"Havingotascoobydo had a bad spinal injury last year and needed the run at Cheltenham. He came down the hill as good as anything but hit the second last and might have been a good fourth if it hadn't been for that.
"He'll come on leaps and bounds for that but won't run in the Paddy Power if he's out of the weights, although a couple of pounds would be OK."
The most notable absentee from the 44 entries published today was The Giant Bolster, who was a 12-1 chance with Paddy Power.
Grands Crus is 7-2 favourite with the sponsors and could bid to give David Pipe back-to-back victories after the Nicholashayne handler struck with Great Endeavour last year.
A quality entry includes Hunt Ball, one of the success stories of last season, with seven wins for trainer Keiran Burke and owner Anthony Knott.
Paul Nicholls, still bidding for a first Paddy Power Gold Cup success, has eight entries including Al Ferof, Edgardo Sol and last year's fourth Aerial.
Tipperary jockey/trainer Denis Hogan is hoping Kalellshan, one of eight Irish-trained entries, can continue his upward curve over fences at Ascot this Saturday ahead of a potential trip to Cheltenham.
"Kalellshan is likely to run at Ascot on Saturday in the United House Gold Cup and then the Paddy Power Gold Cup is certainly an option for him," said Hogan.
"He has been in good form since his win at Killarney. We backed off him a little bit after that but I think we have him cherry ripe again.
"He is a nine-year-old now and has low mileage on the clock because of tendon problems, but I think he is a really good horse. He is not badly treated on the ratings in Britain and hopefully, with a good round of jumping, he will put up a good show on Saturday.
"His owner is keen to run at Cheltenham and he is ground dependent - the going in Ireland has been too soft for him, which is why we are looking to bring him over to England."
Paddy Power Gold Cup, sponsors bet: 7-2 Grands Crus, 13-2 Hunt Ball, 10-1 Champion Court, For Non Stop, 11-1 Walkon, 14-1 Al Ferof, Edgardo Sol, Menorah, Nadiya De La Vega, 16-1 Aerial, Cristal Bonus, Divers, 20-1 bar.