Knowhere, who beat Our Vic a year ago but has not appeared since November, will not be ready to run, while Exotic Dancer
will bypass the race in favour of a return to Ireland for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in two weeks.
The 41b we are getting from Exotic Dancer
and Our Vic was a considerable thought into why we decided to run in this rather than the National.
I didn't see the sale process [with] my own eyes, but I wasn't told that I would be working as an exotic dancer
or a prostitute.
landed the Bowl two years ago having long lived in the shadow of Kauto Star, and ran his usual honest race to finish second under Tony McCoy.
was third behind Nicholls' big two earlier this month, but connections are hopeful he can land the totesport Bowl for a second time following his success in the 3m If contest two years ago.
, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, will instead go for the totesport Bowl, which he won two years ago.
The champ prefers Exotic Dancer
to Jonjo O'Neill's other Gold Cup runner, Albertas Run, who chased home Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Paul Nicholls' 5-4 favourite Neptune Collonges led the field until falling two out, but Tony McCoy was right behind at the time and travelling easily on Exotic Dancer
It is still a possible but at this moment I favour Voy Por in the King George and Exotic Dancer
in the Lexus.
The seven-year-old will attempt to pull off a double last achieved by Exotic Dancer
is primed for his latest clash with Kauto Star in Saturday's Betfair Chase at Haydock.
LAST year's winner Exotic Dancer
heads 13 entries for the Letheby And Christopher Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.