American Tom bids to get his career back on track in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas on Saturday.
The Rich Ricci-owned six-year-old made an impressive start to his Irish career in a novice hurdle at Gowran in the autumn of 2015 and while he was not seen in action again for over a year, he made it two from two in a beginners' chase at Punchestown last December.
He was a huge disappointment on his most recent start at Naas in January, but was found to be coughing post-race and remains an exciting prospect.
Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father Willie, said: "He's given us a lot of trouble, but he's ready to start off and we're hoping his problems are behind him.
"He's a horse with a lot of ability, so hopefully we can have a clear run with him this year and he can show us on the track what he shows us at home."
American Tom faces five rivals in the two-mile Grade Three, with Gordon Elliott's Ball D'Arc forced to concede weight all round.
The Jessica Harrington-trained Neverushacon , Henry de Bromhead's Ordinary World, Tom Taaffe's Peoples Park and Uncle Danny from John Queally's yard complete the line-up.