CHELTENHAM Festival aspirations will be sharpened for Anonis if he runs with honour at Leopardstown on Sunday.
The Mags Mullins-trained seven-year-old has already won a bumper at Prestbury Park this season and was an accomplished scorer on his hurdling debut at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.
Anonis, who has only raced three times in his career, will take the next step along the ladder in the Grade Two Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles.
"All going well, he'll take his chance at Leopardstown," said County Kilkenny-based Mullins.
"It looks a good race, but it's the logical next step for him. He was a bit green at Leopardstown, but he's schooled well since then and hopefully that race will bring him on a bit."
Wishes set for Sprinter battle
William's Wishes will go toe to toe with Sprinter Sacre in the Victor Chandler Chase at Cheltenham at the weekend.
The eight-year-old gelding is a notoriously bad worker at home in Wales, but is unbeaten in five starts over fences and looked most impressive at Sandown earlier this month.
"We'll be running him at Cheltenham," said trainer Evan Williams. "Because of the snow, he's only been going round in circles on the sand so I've not had to go through the embarrassment of watching him work.
"He's a very healthy little horse who has looked a picture this year."
Cross to make seasonal bow
Peddlers Cross will finally make his seasonal appearance in a race on Kempton's 'jumpers' bumpers' card tomorrow.
The Donald McCain-trained eight-year-old holds entries at Cheltenham and Doncaster this weekend, but will instead line up at the Sunbury circuit.
"He did have the option of starting off in the Cleeve Hurdle (Cheltenham) over three miles at the weekend but that would really have only come about if there was nothing else suitable," McCain said.
"With Doncaster's meeting on Saturday in the balance, Kempton looked the best place to go.
"He's had a long time off and has had a few niggles so we are hoping to give him a nice experience on his return."