Old favourite Captain Cee Bee is set to defend his title in Sunday's Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle.
The mixed card at Tipperary has a strong JP McManus theme running through it, and his veteran comprehensively turned the tables on Galway Hurdle winner Rebel Fitz in last year's renewal.
Captain Cee Bee, who has won Grade Ones over hurdles and fences during an injury-hit career, proved no match for Hurricane Fly in three subsequent starts and has not appeared since January's Irish Champion Hurdle.
Trainer Eddie Harty said: "The plan is to run on Sunday and hopefully they get some rain as I wouldn't want to run him on very quick ground at his age.
"He's in the Irish Cesarewitch as well, but that's just as a precaution."
Captain Cee Bee has eight possible rivals, with the highest-rated being the Willie Mullins-trained Midnight Game, who lost his way after a good start last season.
Foildubh and Fosters Cross appear to be the next best with False Economy, Miley Shah, Moon Dice, Redera and Grade Two winner Stocktons Wing also in the mix.