Thistlecrack appears unlikely to make his chasing debut at Chepstow on Saturday week as previously planned.
The eight-year-old swept all before him in the staying hurdle division last season and although he has yet to tackle a fence in public, he is favourite with some bookmakers for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Hathal will head straight for the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes after connections ruled out a trip to France because of unsuitable ground conditions.
After side-stepping Newmarket's Joel Stakes last week, connections of the William Haggas-trained four-year-old turned their attentions to a possible tilt at the Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Chantilly on Saturday.
CRICKLEWOOD GREEN (Ascot, nap, 2.00) landed the opening seven-furlong handicap 12 months ago and appears to have been targeted at a repeat bid.
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There’s a huge weekend of racing in the States, with no fewer than five Grade Is at Santa Anita, and three at Belmont Park. The Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita in just over a month’s time, which means that the prep races staged there this weekend have extra resonance. As such, they’ve attracted some of the biggest names in American racing, including Dubai World Cup winner California Chrome.