Ante-post favourite Invictus is one of 23 horses still in contention for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.

The Alan King-trained seven-year-old has been all the rage for the coveted Grade Three handicap following his three-length defeat of Bobs Worth at Ascot in February 2012, although he has not run since then.

Other leading fancies to have stood their ground include Rocky Creek, Katenko, Our Father and the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Imperial Commander.

Twiston-Davies could also be represented by Same Difference, while Katenko's trainer, Venetia Williams, may saddle Houblon Des Obeaux.

Cape Tribulation, trained in North Yorkshire by Malcolm Jefferson, is set to shoulder top weight now that Tidal Bay has been withdrawn.

Irish interest is spiked by the likely participation of last season's RSA Chase winner Lord Windermere, who represents the Jim Culloty team.

Compatriot Willie Mullins has left in Prince De Beauchene, Terminal, On His Own and Vesper Bell.

Fellow Irish challenger Whodoyouthink, trained by Oliver McKiernan, is at the foot of the weights.

Other of note include Highland Lodge, Merry King, Cloudy Too, Trio D'Alene and Opening Batsman.