The Festival's leading jockey Ruby Walsh can never be one to ignore, and will ride plenty of leading hopefuls for trainer Willie Mullins next week.
With 58 Festival winners, the 39-year-old has been Champion Jockey at the festival eleven times in the last fifteen years and has identified the Rich Ricci-owned Benie Des Dieux in the Mares Hurdle as his best chance of glory in the upcoming week.
Walsh will also climb aboard Min and Faugheen in the same colours - Min who's engagement at the Festival is yet to be confirmed - with options in the Champion Chase or the Ryanair, whereas Faugheen is all but set to head for the Stayers Hurdle on Day Three.
He has four options in the Gold Cup to pick from, whilst Klassical Dream represents the best of the novices - either Supreme or Ballymore bound.
Overall, Walsh will hope for better fortunes this time around after last year's meeting was brought to a shallow end early on. After victories in the Arkle and the Mares' Hurdle, his fall on Al Boum Photo in the RSA resulted in a broken leg which ruled him out for the rest of the Festival and respective jump's season.