Days Hotel is on course to defend his crown in the Paddy Power Your Local Betting Shop Chase at Naas on Sunday.
Henry de Bromhead's nine-year-old ran out an impressive winner of the Grade Two prize 12 months ago and the Waterford-based trainer is hopeful his charge has improved since finishing fourth in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot a month ago.
De Bromhead said: "Days Hotel is good after Ascot and I think that he has come on and seems to have improved. Hopefully he will give a good account on Sunday.
"Last time our fellow looked like he couldn't lay up with them, but stayed on well in the end and the winner was impressive.
"I don't think he's in as good a form as last year before this race - his form is not as good - but hopefully he is coming back to himself."
Days Hotel is one of five possible runners in the Naas feature.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins has entered Twinlight, while Gordon Elliott has both Shrapnel and Toner D'Oudairies engaged.
The quintet is completed by Tom Mullins' dual Cheltenham Festival winner Alderwood.
Shrapnel and Toner D'Oudairies are also among the six horses in contention for the Grade Two Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase.
Willie Mullins could run Mozoltov, with Folsom Blue, Some Tikket and Summer Star completing the field.
The other Grade Two on the afternoon is the Paddy Power Shops Better Value Novice Hurdle, won last year by the still unbeaten mare Annie Power, getting the better of Defy Logic.