Alan King wouldn't be the most happy-go-lucky trainer on the top table of the jumps' trainers and his mood has hardly been helped in recent weeks by further setbacks for his already-beleaguered Cheltenham squad.

Maybe Godsmejudge can put a smile on his face in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase. His stamina for the trip is assured and the able Nico De Boinville has been booked for the ride for weeks. It will be a major disappointment if he can't at least pick up some prize money.