With Henderson looking for a decisive answer for Captain Conan's Cheltenham target, his charge looked in trouble some way out as Third Intention
Last year's winner Third Intention
, who fell in the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences in April, is entered by his trainer Colin Tizzard in the Old Roan again.
Tizzard said: "Third Intention
has always had loads of ability, although I still don't really know whether he's a two-and-a-half or four-miler!
His son Joe gives both a squeak and said: "Third Intention
ran a super race when second at Sandown last time and this was always his target.
didn't let the form down subsequently when showing up well in some quality races through the winter.
(11-8) had been placed, albeit distantly, behind Dynaste in both the Feltham at Kempton and the Mildmay at Aintree, but a breathing operation may now see him in a better light.
IN THE CLEAR Joe Tizzard guides Third Intention
over the last before going on to win the totepool National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell
Following wins at Doncaster and Wetherby, Local Hero is clearly a bright prospect but this is his biggest test so far with Colin Tizzard's Newbury winner Third Intention
and Indian Daudaie, from the Paul Nicholls' yard, the dangers.
Last year's first two, Third Intention
and God's Own, both return off the same mark as 12 months ago but this year the opposition includes several unexposed chasers near the bottom of the weights that might have been thought more likely to target Cheltenham.
Tom George's three-time Grade One winner made a decent reappearance in the Old Roan at Merseyside's other racecourse, Aintree, when a fast-finishing second to Third Intention
Jacob then teamed up with Tizzard to win the Oak Loans And Mortgage Graduation Chase on Third Intention
, who was winning over fences for just the second time having been placed in some big races last season.
has plenty of top-level experience but can be somewhat inconsistent.