The Cheltenham Festival is now just around the corner and the countdown to the Cotswolds showpiece is well and truly intensifying.
We are taking a look at some of the contenders to be crowned Top Trainer at the Cheltenham Festival.
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The most successful trainer of all-time at this meeting, Willie Mullins now has an incredible 88 Cheltenham Festivals wins under his belt.
Last March he broke more new ground in saddling 10 winners, the first time any trainer has gone into double figures at the meeting in a single year.
It was the fourth year in a row he has been leading trainer at the meeting and the ninth time overall.
It's also the second time in his career he has put together a sequence of four years on the trot, so a record five-in-a-row is now his target.
As always, he has incredible ammunition across the four days. El Fabiolo is 11/8 for the Arkle next Tuesday while Gaillard Du Mesnil is for the National Hunt Chase on day one.
It will take something quite freakish to stop Mullins being the top trainer in the Cotswolds once again.
The only man that has been able to dent the Mullins machine in recent times is Gordon Elliott, his Irish rival grabbing the top trainer award in 2017 and 2018 and thus preventing what would otherwise be a decade of domination for the Closutton chief.
Elliott has been a constant thorn in the side of Mullins in recent seasons, repeatedly engaging him in battle for the champion trainer crown in Ireland.
As yet, he hasn't quite been able to wrestle it away from him and, in a quirk, the challenge presented by the Cullentra House trainer has probably resulted in Mullins raising his bar still higher.
Elliott has shown he can compete at this meeting and there are plenty of chances for him next week.
Delta Work is 1/1 to retain the Cross Country race on Wednesday, while Mighty Potter has looked good over fences and is to land the Turners Novices' Chase after his Dublin Racing Festival win.
Sandown's Scilly Isles scorer Gerri Colombe meanwhile is for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase. With a strong team assured across the handicaps as well, Elliot could be the main danger to his old foe.
Nicky Henderson in 2012 was the last time a British-based trainer was top dog at this meeting and, once more, the veteran Seven Barrows handler is the leading hope from the home team on the betting at least.
Henderson, second only to Mullins in terms of all-time Festival winners, has a crack team this year being led by Champion Hurdle favourite Constitution Hill – the most exciting jumps horse in training.
Henderson has won more Arkles and more Champion Hurdles than any trainer – so he will be hoping for a fast start to the meeting.
Later in the week, Luccia is 7/4 for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle after impressing since going jumping this season, while resurgent Shishkin is now 4/5 to win the Ryanair Chase following his Ascot demolition job last time.
If that quartet can all live up to expectations it could be a big week for Henderson.
Winner of the last two Gold Cups and Champion Hurdles, Henry De Bromhead has some proper Cheltenham Festival pedigree on his CV.
It hasn't been the season he might have hoped for this time, however, with the Waterford handler also dealing with personal tragedy off the track.
Britain's champion trainer hasn't collected this award since 2009 but there's some quiet confidence about Paul Nicholls' hopes heading into Cheltenham this year.
He's got Grade 1-winning novice hurdlers Tahmuras, 10/1 for the Supreme, and Hermes Allen, the favourite for the Ballymore to spearhead his challenge early in the week.
He was impressive at Kempton on Boxing Day and his trainer remains convinced he's still improving.
Big things are expected from him as Nicholls and stable jockey Harry Cobden seek to spoil the Irish party in the Gold Cup on St Patrick's Day.