All eyes will be on Presenting Percy at Gowran Park on Thursday as the ante-post favourite for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup makes his seasonal reappearance in the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle.

Despite having been off the track since securing his second Cheltenham Festival success in the RSA Chase last March, Pat Kelly's stable star is the general 4-1 market leader to win the biggest race of the week at Prestbury Park in six weeks' time.

His return to action has been delayed by the unseasonably dry winter in Ireland, with Presenting Percy missing several engagements including the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase and the Savills Chase at Leopardstown.

However, with the ground on the easy side at Gowran, he has been given the green light to make his belated comeback in a race he won 12 months ago - and champion jockey Davy Russell is relishing the opportunity to get back on board.

"I'm looking forward to it. I haven't sat on him recently, but I'm sure Pat (Kelly) has him in good form," said Russell.

"It's a very competitive race, in fairness. We'll see how we go."

Presenting Percy is the star attraction in a 12-strong field, with six of his rivals trained by Willie Mullins.
The Closutton maestro saddles Bapaume (Paul Townend), Coquin Mans (Ruby Walsh), Bleu Berry (Brian Hayes), Killultagh Vic (David Mullins), Shaneshill (Danny Mullins) and Limini (Rachael Blackmore). 

Don Poli

Gordon Elliott runs Dortmund Park (Mark Enright), Don Poli (Jack Kennedy), Mala Beach (Denis O'Regan) and Prince Of Scars (Sean Flanagan).

The Joseph O'Brien-trained Darasso completes the line-up.

In the featured Thyestes Chase at the Co Kilkenny venue, Willie Mullins bids to win the race for the seventh time. 

His squad is headed by Invitation Only (Ruby Walsh) and Some Neck (Richie Deegan), who dispute favouritism with some bookmakers.

Invitation Only finished third behind stablemate and Cheltenham Gold Cup aspirant Al Boum Photo on his seasonal reappearance at Tramore on New Year's Day, while Some Neck was last seen winning the Grade Two Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown in November.

Pleasant Company (r)

The Mullins octet is completed by last season's Aintree Grand National runner-up Pleasant Company (David Mullins), Pairofbrowneyes (Barry Geraghty), Up For Review (Paul Townend), Isleofhopendreams (Danny Mullins), Polidam (Katie O'Farrell) and Bellow Mome (Brian Hayes).

Gordon Elliott has a similarly strong hand, with last year's winner Monbeg Notorious (Davy Russell) joined in the 18-strong field by Alpha Des Obeaux (Rob James), Dounikos (Sean Flanagan), Irish Grand National winner General Principle (Jack Kennedy), Out Sam (Mark Walsh) and Borice (Denis O'Regan). Elliott also has the second reserve in Woods Well.

At the very foot of the line-up is Mr Diablo, representing the father-son combination of Philip and Luke Dempsey.

Watch live coverage of racing from Gowran Park on RTÉ2 television from 1pm on Thursday, 24 January.