John Dunlop’s well-fancied Double Banded has just made the cut for the totesport.com Chester Cup at the Roodee on Wednesday.
The 3lb penalty the progressive young stayer picked up for winning at Nottingham two weeks ago proved crucial in getting into the maximum 17-strong field.
Nosferatu and Chocolate Caramel were the only two defectors at the 48-hour final declaration stage.
Last week’s Sagaro Stakes victor Shipmaster heads the weights, his 3lb penalty taking his burden to 9st 13lb in the Heritage Handicap run over an extended two and a quarter miles.
Others bidding for glory include last year’s winner Greenwich Meantime and ante-post favourite Highland Legacy.
There are two reserves, Calculating and Buster Hyvonen, who could come in should there be any non-runners declared before 11.30am on Tuesday.
Paul Webber has issued a warning that Full House will only run if the ground is good.