Sizing Europe faces just four rivals as he completes his racecourse preparations for the Cheltenham Festival in the Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.
Despite officially turning 11 at the start of last month, Henry de Bromhead's pride and joy has appeared better than ever in winning his three starts this season and will be long odds-on to land the Tied Cottage for the second successive year.
Andrew Lynch has guided one of Ireland's best-loved chasers to each of his six Grade One triumphs over fences, including glorious displays in the Arkle Trophy and the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, and he is hoping he will add to his tally on Sunday.
Lynch said: "Every time you get on him it's always a good day, and hopefully everything goes to plan. You can't not look forward to riding a horse like him and if everything goes well, he's going to take a bit of beating hopefully."
Should he win as expected at Punchestown, talk will soon switch to which Cheltenham Festival race Sizing Europe should be aimed for.
He is entered in the Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but Lynch believes no decision will be made until the likely ground conditions at Prestbury Park become clear.
"We'll get this race out of the way before we start talking about Cheltenham. The ground is going to be a big factor in where he goes," said the jockey.
Willie Mullins' star mare Blazing Tempo is the second highest-rated horse in the field for the Grade Two feature, but is still rated 21lb lower than Sizing Europe, although she gets a hefty mares' allowance.
The line-up is completed by the consistent Foildubh, Imperial Shabra and Kylebeg Krystle.
29 July 2014Estimate in Goodwood Cup field
Quick picks off Galway rivals
Lion could roar in Champion Stakes
Time out for Carpenter
Beckett considers Gesture gameplan
Pitt ponders Sir Stewards' run
Bird in full flight for Nassau
Beacon leads Hannon trio
Toormore on Goodwood mission
Star duo head Sussex field
28 July 2014PJA hits out at ERA Cosgrave case
Chopin team wait on softer ground
Options open for Approval
Pallasator states case for Ebor
Custom a cut above
Harty doubles up in Galway feature
Munich Mission impossible
Jinx on a high in France
Cox plays it cool with Kodi
Girl given Lowther target
Burke looking to Curragh
Hanagan hails Taghrooda
Toormore drops in class for Lennox
27 July 2014Beacon shines over Molecomb rivals
Miss skips Galway for Goodwood
Tag crowned queen of Ascot
Muthmir delivers in Dash
Metal proves International star
Sheikh pounces for late score
Kingman poised for showdown
Kleo hits top gear for Cumani
Dettori strikes on Osaila
Bear grills Winkfield rivals
Yorkshire Oaks target for Volume
26 July 2014Taghrooda queen of Ascot
Elleval bids for Pomfret prize
Noble primed for German mission
O'Meara duo going International
Tag team happy to have a go
Telescope reaches for stars
Euro chasing dollar signs
Estimate given Goodwood entry
Pique Sous out for season
Secret chasing York success
Reason aiming to deliver in Dash
Remote on comeback trail