Vautour set for Ascot
Vautour could make his eagerly-awaited seasonal debut in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
Trainer Willie Mullins has entered the exciting six-year-old for the Grade Two contest over an extended two miles and five furlongs.
"I've put him in at Ascot and I'm happy with him," said Mullins.
Vautour, a Cheltenham Festival winner for the last two years, won three of his four starts over fences last term which culminated in his fantastic Novices' Chase success in March.
As well as at Ascot, he has been entered for the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase and the King George VI Chase at Kempton next month.
Ptit Zig is set to line up in the Stella following his recent victory in the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal.
Trainer Paul Nicholls reports his talented six-year-old in good form but that he will need to improve should Vautour cross the Irish Sea.
"He is fine since coming back from Ireland but he wants to be fine, and to find a bit more, if Vautour comes over," said the Ditcheat handler.