Graeme McPherson expects Ami Desbois to outrun his price in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The seven-year-old has won three times this season but has arguably run his best races in defeat.
He was beaten a length by Wholestone at Cheltenham in December, while he was also third to Messire Des Obeaux in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury.
"He's in top form, I'm really, really looking forward to running him," said McPherson.
"If it's quick ground then a couple might be too quick for him, but on soft ground it will take a very good one to beat him.
"He's got form with Wholestone and West Approach that ties in very closely and he's three times the price of them.
"He'll run his race. If it's good ground he might be in the first six, or if there's some cut I really think he could go close."