Willie Mullins has given exciting prospect Pont Alexandre the option of the Betfred Mobile Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick on Saturday.
The eight-year-old overcame a 998-day absence when making a successful fencing debut at Punchestown last month.
That performance laid down a marker for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival which had been the scene of his last start before his enforced lay-off when finishing third to The New One in the 2013 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.
Mullins has also handed entries to Black Hercules, who made a winning chasing debut at Navan, and Fairyhouse scorer Roi Des Francs.
Paul Nicholls has put Silsol and Vivaldi Collonges in the 18-strong list for the three-mile heat.
Other interesting possibles includes Harry Fry’s Bitofapuzzle, the Brian Ellison-trained Definitly Red and Emily Gray from Kim Bailey’s stable.
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