Champion jockey Richard Johnson will ride A Hare Breath for Ben Pauling in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham next week.
With Pauling's two go-to jockeys Nico de Boinville and David Bass riding Altior and Charbel respectively, Pauling has gone for the best available.
A Hare Breath won his first novice chase at Bangor but was only third to Forest Bihan and Cloudy Dream at Doncaster.
"On Tuesday morning I'm riding out at Ben Pauling's yard as I'm going to be on his A Hare Breath in the Arkle," Johnson told his Betway blog.
"I haven't ridden him before, but he's a nice ride to pick up.
"Obviously it's going to be very hard to beat Altior, but the race could cut up. If it does, he has a great chance of finishing in the places.
"David Bass and Nico de Boinville, who normally ride for Ben, are set to be on Charbel and Altior."