Promising novice hurdler The Butcher Said will go in search of his fifth straight win over hurdles in the £20,000 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (2.00pm, 2m 5f) at Cheltenham on day one of The Showcase, Friday, 25 October.
A 135,000 euro purchase at the Goffs Punchestown Sale in 2017, The Butcher Said has proved a revelation since joining trainer Olly Murphy at the backend of last season.
The six-year-old, who races in the familiar silks of the McNeil Family, began his winning streak at Huntingdon on 9 May and followed up at Cartmel on 25 May, Fontwell Park on 5 June and Newton Abbot on 25 June, all over intermediate distances.
Murphy said: "The Butcher Said is in good form.
"He has summered really well and I am very happy with him and his preparation so far.
"He is a horse I am looking forward to and the plan is to run at Cheltenham at The Showcase.
"It is going to be his toughest test to date, but we are hopeful and looking forward to getting his season started."
The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at The Showcase has been won by some notable performers, most memorably The New One in 2012 and future dual Scottish Grand National scorer Vicente two years later.
Trained locally to Cheltenham by Nigel Twiston-Davies, The New One captured what is now the G1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners in 2013 as well as three editions of the G2 Unibet International Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The Showcase is the natural starting point for horses returning from their summer breaks and is often used in preparation for The November Meeting, which runs this year from Friday, 15 November to Sunday, 17 November inclusive.
Headlining the action at The Showcase are two £60,000 handicap chases - the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong and the Randox Health Handicap Chase over two miles - plus the £40,000 Masterson Holdings Hurdle for four-year-olds. All three races take place on Saturday, 26 October.
Among the best horses to compete at The Showcase in recent years is Tiger Roll, who won the Masterson Holdings Hurdle in 2014 and finished third in a novices' chase in 2016. The remarkable nine-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott, has won the latest two runnings of the £1-million Randox Health Grand National and is also a four-time winner at The Festival™ presented by Magners, most recently taking the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap in 2018 and 2019.