Twinlight has the chance to prove he is up to tackling the best company when he goes for the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday.
Should he pass the Grade Two test with finesse, then trainer Willie Mullins could step him up to the Grade One Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting.
"He's developed into a very capable two-mile chaser. Depending on how he gets on, he could go to Leopardstown at Christmas," said Mullins.
"He's got a lower mark over hurdles so we could look at switching him back at some stage."
Noel Meade is hoping Realt Dubh will not be inconvenienced by the drop from two and three-quarter miles.
"He's getting on a bit now and while he is in good shape, two miles is probably a bit on the sharp side for him now," said Meade.
"We could do with a bit of rain, also - we're hopeful of a good run but it looks a competitive race.
The County Meath trainer feels Dylan Ross has something to find but his worth his place in the line-up.
Meade said: "Dylan Ross is hard to place as he wants two miles but we said we'd let him take his chance in this.
"Robbie Power has been riding him in his last few starts and it made sense to keep him on Dylan Ross and let Robbie Colgan, who has been riding well for me, ride Realt Dubh."
Days Hotel defeated Realt Dubh to lift this race 12 months ago and made a pleasing seasonal debut when only beaten a length and a quarter by Flemenstar in the Fortria Chase at Navan.
"He ran well the last day when the ground was quite quick for him but he stayed on well," said his trainer Henry De Bromhead.
"He seems in good from and you'd be hoping he's in the same form as he was when he won the race last year. I'd prefer more rain though as the softer the ground the better for him."