Al Boum Photo (7/1 Antepost Outright – Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase) will follow the path he trod so successfully on his way to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory last season, when he makes his reappearance in the Savills New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore on Wednesday.
Willie Mullins’ Festival hero takes on two stablemates among just three opponents in the Grade Three feature at the County Waterford track.
Although victorious under Paul Townend in the blue riband event at Prestbury Park last spring, the seven-year-old was beaten on his last start at the Punchestown Festival.
Stablemate Kemboy (6/1) took the honours that day in May by two lengths and remains this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite despite a three-and-a-half-length defeat to Delta Work at Leopardstown this week.
Mullins is looking to use the same formula that worked for Al Boum Photo last year as he plots another run to the Gold Cup for the gelding.
“We’re going down there primarily because the ground is nice and soft. It suited him last year, so we thought we’d go the same road again.
“He’s in good shape – but a lot of our big horses, having their first runs, are needing it. I hope he won’t need it down in Tramore.”
Fellow Mullins pair Voix Du Reve and Acapella Bourgeois go up against Al Boum Photo – while Gordon Elliott’s mare Shattered Love completes the small-sized field of just four.