Justified will attempt to get his career back on track when tackling two and a half miles for the first time in the Grade One Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
The Easter showpiece has attracted 15 entries at the five-day stage with Dusty Sheehy’s charge set to have his first outing since finishing third to Missed That and Arteea in the Irish Arkle in January.
The seven-year-old was ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival with a dirty scope but had proved his mettle earlier in the season with two impressive wins over fences.
“He is an intended runner. We are going through a bad run here so hopefully he can turn the corner for us,” said Sheehy.
“He has been going very well and I have been very pleased with him. He scoped wrong before Cheltenham but he has scoped clean three times since.
“We gave him a small break after his dirty scope and he has been away for a gallop since and went very well.
“I don’t think two and a half miles will be any problem to him at all and hopefully we will end up in Punchestown and that will be it for the season.”
Sheehy also hopes to have Tony McCoy aboard and added: “We have made no plans and we don’t know if Tony is available or not but if he is, he will ride.”
Justified could renew rivalry with Missed That at the weekend, with his trainer Willie Mullins also having Davenport Democrat, Homer Wells and Royal & SunAlliance Chase failure Our Ben engaged.
Grand National-winning trainer Martin Brassil could run Nickname with other possibles including Arteea, In Compliance, Sher Beau and Dr. P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase winner The Railway Man.