Altior (2/1) will be looking to make historic back-to-back-to-back Champion Chase titles, but his prep this year has been hampered to say the least.
His unbeaten run was ended when stepping up in trip against Paul Nicholls' Cyrname at Ascot and a spate of entries were left unfulfilled due to injury.
A third Game Spirit Chase victory restored some faith that Henderson's star chaser is still the one to beat, he hit his usual flat spot during the race, but after clearing the last his renowned turn of foot saw him fly past Dynamite Dollars and Sceau Royal.
History awaits should he land a 3rd Champion Chase and 5th Cheltenham victory.
Defi Du Seuil (2/1) is by far the biggest danger to Altior with the Philip Hobbs runner set for a mouth-watering clash against his older rival.
Defi has Cheltenham form, having won the Triumph and JLT previously.
He's currently three from three this season, having won the Tingle Creek and Clarence House Chase, beating Un De Sceaux in wonderful fashion in both.
A tilt at the Ryanair has been shelved by Hobbs - "He's been competing at two miles all season and he's won all of his races, so it makes sense to run him in the Champion Chase".
Defi notoriously loves the soft ground and with the recent weather in the UK his favoured turf may well be just that on day two.
Chacun Pour Soi (11/4) is likely to run a big race if fit, having beaten Defi Du Seuil at Punchestown last May, and aside from a minor setback in a thriller to A Plus Tard at the Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown, he bounced back with a four length success over Min in the Dublin Chase.
After that victory Willie was bullish over his chances: "His jumping was electric.
Jumping those fences down the back he was so slick and so fast.
He was getting a length or a length-and-a-half at every fence without any effort."
Altior vs Defi Du Seuil vs Chacun Pour Soi going head-to-head in the showcase race on day two, it's absolutely what Cheltenham is all about and it has race fans on the edge of their seats thinking about it.
Win And Each Way | Non Runner No Bet. | 3 Places | Wed., Mar. 11, 2020 | 03:30pm
|Lady Buttons||51.00 50/1 5000|
|Bun Doran||51.00 50/1 5000|
|Hell's Kitchen||67.00 66/1 6600|
|Altior||3.00 2/1 200|
|Sceau Royal||34.00 33/1 3300|
|Min||11.00 10/1 1000|
|Politologue||21.00 20/1 2000|
|A Plus Tard||9.00 8/1 800|
|Dynamite Dollars||21.00 20/1 2000|
|Defi Du Seuil||3.00 2/1 200|
|Chacun Pour Soi||3.75 11/4 275|
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