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With or without the headgear, Bacchanal should take this Gold Cup trial.
Bacchanal, who found the ground plenty quick enough when making the frame last year, certainly comes into today's race in rude health.
The more rain the better for Bacchanal but the less rain the better for Marlborough.
But trainer Nicky Henderson, who has never won the Festive highlight, is confident of a big run from both Bacchanal and stablemate Marlborough, the mount of Timmy Murphy.
Bacchanal will pose a big threat as well as Native Upmanship and Florida Pearl.
The Lambourn trainer is preparing them for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, but both have plenty of weight in Saturday's 3 1 / 4 -mile contest, with Bacchanal top of the pile on 11st 12lb and Marlborough with 11-6.
Mick Fitzgerald always had Bacchanal up with the pace and took the lead from last year's winner Shotgun Willy before the third last.
Bacchanal will have to be very good to give him 10lbs.
Fitzgerald said: "Marble Arch ran very well in the Bula, Bacchanal worked very well the other day and was very impressive at Newbury as was Iris Royal, who will improve for the run.
Ladbrokes have Best Mate as their 5-4 favourite for the King George with Bacchanal next best at 7-2.
PERTEMPS KING GEORGE VI CHASE BET-TING, Coral: 11-8 Best Mate, 10-3 Bacchanal, 6-1 Florida Pearl, 15-2 Native Upmanship, 11-1 Marlborough, 12-1 Douze Douze, 14-1 Flagship Uberalles, 18-1 Shooting Light, 25-1 Lord Noelie, 40-1 Wahiba Sands.
My attention, instead, turns to second favourite, Bacchanal (9/2) and outsider Whitenzo at 25s.