2017 Gold Cup hero Sizing John returns to action on New Year's Eve after a two-year absence when he lines up in the Bet With Tote At Punchestown Hurdle.

The nine-year-old completed the rare treble of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, the blue riband at Cheltenham and the Punchestown Gold Cup in the first half of 2017.

However, although he made a flying start to the following campaign in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, he disappointed at Leopardstown over the Christmas period and injuries have kept him off the track ever since.

Sizing John will  be ridden on his return by Barry Geraghty, for the first time since leaving Henry de Bromhead's yard back in 2016, because regular jockey Robbie Power is currently on the sidelines after a fall over Christmas.

Among those taking him at Punchestown on are Willie Mullins' Stratum, better known for his exploits on the Flat including his Cesarewitch win, and stablemate Burrows Saint - who won the Irish National last spring.

2019 Irish National winner Burrow Saint is among those who will take on Sizing John 

"We're looking forward to getting him back in action," said Harrington.

"Probably two and a half miles over hurdles is a bit sharp for him these days at his age, but it's a nice race to start him in.

"He's ready to go, and we'll take it from here.

"I haven't been tempted to run him in another race. I've been waiting for this race, because once I spotted it I felt it looked just the right sort of race to bring him back in after all his time off.

"We saw it in the middle of November and felt everything else over Christmas would have been too hard for him first time back."

Harrington is mindful nonetheless of the talented opposition among a seven-strong field for the conditions event.

"This is not an easy race by any means," she added.

"There are others on the comeback trail, but we've done as much as we can and we're happy with him. I think he'll be glad to get back on the racecourse.

"With an Irish National winner and a Cesarewitch winner as well, it's very interesting. We just want him to come back safe and sound, obviously.

"What will help is the ground - it won't be a heavy slog."

Mullins also runs Saglawy and Sayo - with the line-up completed by Edward O'Grady's Kitten Rock and Gordon Elliott's Cracking Smart.