At last, the good horses are starting to reappear as the build-up to Cheltenham commences. Unfortunately, news of their performances is taking longer than expected to replace politics and court cases on the front pages of the racing trade press. While the British Horseracing Board still looks for a replacement for Lord Wakeham, and the libel case involving Jack and Lynda Ramsden and Sporting Life receives blanket coverage by the racing media, a few old equine stars are doing their best to get noticed. One Man answered his harshest critics when bouncing back to win the Comet and Sony Chase at Ascot under a masterly ride by Tony Dobbin. The much-maligned grey is now 5-1 from 7-1 with the Tote for his Cheltenham target, the two-mile Queen Mother Champion Chase. 'You reporters said he was a 'soft' horse,' trainer Gordon Richards was quick to remind the press. 'Well, I just wish I had a few more like him. I know the other horse [Strong Promise] had not had a race [this season] but my horse has won well. He'll not run again before the Festival,' he added. Whether you thought conditions were in his favour, with Strong Promise having his first outing for 302 days and Senor El Betrutti being theoretically at a 19-pound disadvantage at the weights, or that the two-and-a-half-mile trip was his preferred trip, there could be no disputing the zest One Man displayed throughout. It was just like the old days as he jumped past early leader Senor El Betrutti at the fourth fence and went on to make the running, eventually defying Strong Promise, Geoff Hubbard's Gold Cup contender who had appeared to be travelling like a winner at Swinley Bottom. When Strong Promise's fitness ran out, however, One Man dashed away to score comfortably by five lengths from his old rival, reversing last year's placings. There was a gap of 12 lengths back to Senor El Betrutti, third and last in this small but select field. One Man's failures in the Gold Cup have not dimmed the enthusiasm of his owner John Hales for Cheltenham, although Richards was probably close to the truth when he declared that the Mumm Chase, over two and a half miles at Aintree, was also a race he had ear-marked for his grey star. Strong Promise remained 16-1 for the Gold Cup and is sure to come on for the outing, while connections will sit back and take an overview of the situation with Senor El Betrutti, who has entries in both the Gold Cup and the Martell Grand National. Dobbin had regained the mount on One Man after Richard Dunwoody informed Richards that he would ride Klairon Davis in the Champion Chase at the Festival. Dobbin, who had won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on One Man before losing the mount, seized this returning opportunity. He displayed great judgment in going on when he did in the early part of the race. To cap a great day all round, Dobbin went on to partner The Toiseach to victory in the Reynoldstown Chase, again not hesitating to go on when he thought it necessary. The Toiseach, who won by 29 lengths from Mahler, is to by-pass Cheltenham but connections will consider the Scottish National for their strong-staying novice.