Bobs Worth is on course to bid for back-to-back victories in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28.
The 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero is set have his first run of the campaign in the three-mile Grade One which he won last Christmas by a length and a half from First Lieutenant.
Fifth behind Lord Windermere in last season's Gold Cup, the Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old had been held up in his work - he underwent a trachea wash on Monday - but is now being prepared for a return to the track.
"He's entered for the Lexus, and that's where we're heading. That's the plan," said Malcolm Kimmins, head of the syndicate of owners, The Not Afraid Partnership.
"He's fine, he's cantering nicely and we'll be ready to go, hopefully at the end of December, if all goes according to plan."
Irish jockey legend Tony McCoy wasted no time in getting back amongst the winners after a three-week lay-off with victory on Southfield Royale at Fontwell yesterday.
However, despite taking his tally for the season to 153 on his only ride of the day, the 19-times champion jockey believes the dream of reaching 300 winners by the end of the campaign is out of the question.
McCoy showed no rustiness nor lack of fitness after recovering from rib and shoulder injuries as he gave the Neil Mulholland-trained four-year-old a typically strong ride to land in the Free Tips At raceclear.co.uk Novices' Hurdle.
Coologue, the 1-2 favourite, looked to be going well for Noel Fehily, but McCoy asked his mount for extra and Southfield Royale (2-1) obliged to score by two and a half lengths.
"You can't afford to miss any days and it's impossible to ride 300 winners now. You've got to accept the fact," said McCoy.
"You've just got to ride as many as you can and hopefully some good ones along the way."