Trainer Edward O'Grady is concerned about the very testing conditions at Tramore on New Year's Day ahead of Tranquil Sea's attempt to get off the mark for the campaign in the Holden Plant Rentals Chase.
The Grade One-winning chaser was well held behind Sizing Europe on his seasonal reappearance in the Clonmel Oil Chase, but ran far more encouragingly when third in the Grand Sefton Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree last time.
O'Grady said: "He came out of his race out of Aintree very well and he has been in good form at home since. My one concern for this race would be the ground."
O'Grady has identified the Willie Mullins-trained Blazing Tempo as Tranquil Sea's biggest threat on Tuesday.
"The mare would probably be the problem. She was unfortunately withdrawn at Leopardstown the other day and comes here instead," said the County Carlow handler.
Tranquil Sea could head back to Aintree in April for another challenge over the giant fences.
"We could look at something like the Topham Chase in the spring. He handled the track very well the last day, the ground was just a bit too soft for him," said the trainer.
"We look forward to running him back on better ground there in the spring, hopefully."
Tranquil Sea and Blazing Tempo feature in a six-runner field in Tuesday's Listed contest. Mullins also saddles Sweet My Lord, while Gordon Elliott's Roi Du Mee is bidding for a fourth straight win.
Ordinary Man and Berties Dream complete the line-up.
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